Ronaldo anticipating 'emotional' return to Old Trafford

Speaking after Wednesday evening's 1-1 first-leg draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, the former Manchester United attacker expressed excitement over the return fixture

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expecting an "emotional" occasion when he returns to Old Trafford for his side's Champions League last-16 second leg clash with Manchester United.

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The Portuguese spent six years with the Red Devils, winning every trophy on offer, before making a record-breaking £80 million move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009.

And, after scoring against his former club in the a 1-1 first-leg draw in Madrid, the 28-year-old explained how difficult he found the occasion.

"To play against Manchester was hard, especially for me, but I just tried to be professional and tried to do my best," Ronaldo told MUTV after the final whistle.

"I didn't celebrate because I played in Manchester for six years and it was very emotional for me. I just tried to do my best, to play for Madrid, to score goals, but I didn't commemorate because I think it's not fair, not respect if I commemorate."

Ronaldo went on to express uncertainty over his side's chances of progressing, with United boasting a crucial away goal thanks to Danny Welbeck.

"You know in football many things can happen," he added. "Maybe yes, maybe no. We're going to play away. It will be a big game and let's see what's going to happen.

"It will be amazing to play there after four years and it will be another emotional game."