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The Portuguese has revealed how close he came to wearing the Nerazzurri shirt, and he has insisted that the Red Devils have more chances to progress in the Champions League.

FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show on Tuesday night as Manchester United travelled to San Siro to face Inter in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Beneamata goalkeeper Julio Cesar had to perform miracles to keep him at bay and ensure the tie will be decided at Old Trafford.

“Julio Cesar truly did great things - his saves were superb,” Ronaldo told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I was impressed by [Davide] Santon; he is a really interesting lad and a great footballer. [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is a great striker and a reference point for Inter. Our defenders will need to be very focussed to stop him at Old Trafford.

“However, if we will play as well as we did in the first leg, I’m sure we will go through.”

Former Inter midfielder Luis Suarez has recently admitted that Inter kept a close eye on Ronaldo in the past and could have signed him before United pounced in 2003.

“It was a long time ago and I don’t even remember it well,” asserted Ronaldo. “I was 17 or 18 and someone mentioned the possibility of a move to Inter.

“I can’t really recall what they were saying, but we did discuss it. Then Manchester United arrived and I came here.”

Vince Masiello, Goal.com

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