An enthralling contest saw both sides score a goal in the first half, though the Red Devils’ away goal means that they hold a slender advantage for the second leg at Old Trafford.
But Ronaldo refuses to be daunted despite his side needing to score in England, telling journalists post-match: “At Old Trafford we can win, we always have the initiative to try to win.”
“It was a well-played match. Manchester United are very strong defensively, but we created problems for them. Tonight we missed a few goals, but we do not worry. [The tie] is all open. “
The Portugal international scored on the half hour mark to cancel out Danny Welbeck’s opener, but refused to celebrate, a decision he says was born out of his respect and affection for his former club.
“I did not want to celebrate the goal out of respect, as I played there for six years. I grew up there, and I have a special affection [for Manchester United].
Both teams will lock horns once again for the return leg in three weeks, though Madrid has the small matter of two clashes against arch-rival Barcelona before making the trip to Manchester.