Ronaldo would never celebrate a goal against Man United

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Madrid, Feb 16: He scored a wonderful header to bring Real Madrid on level terms against Manchester United but Cristiano Ronaldo had no intention of celebrating his goals against his 'family' in the UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, 28, still feels Real can make it through to the quarter-finals despite a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu and he refused to celebrate his stunning equaliser.

Emotional to play against United:Ronaldo

"I didn't celebrate the goal because Old Trafford is a home where I played for six years, and I arrived there almost as a kid," Ronaldo said in an interview with The Sun.

"It was beautiful and emotional to play against my family. If I left Madrid for another team one day, I would not celebrate against Real," Ronaldo, who has scored 183 goals in 180 appearances for Real, said.

The Portuguese superstar faced his former side for the first time since his record-breaking transfer move in 2009.

United are in a better position with an away goal and face Real in the second-leg on March 5, but Ronaldo, who visits Old Trafford for the first time since 2009, is not bothered about the challenge.

"We created but did not finish off our chances, and this is wide open for the return match. "We go there to score goals and go through, no big deal," he said.

Ronaldo has been in the best form of his career with Real, helping them win the La Liga title last season, beating fierce rivals Barcelona. But the current situation in the league puts them nowhere close to Barcelona.

Real are currently third in the league, way behind Barcelona in terms of points. But Jose Mourinho's side can salvage some pride in the Champions League and Ronaldo is determined to win at Old Trafford.

"We shouldn't change the plan we have because we always have the initiative and we will try to win at Old Trafford," Ronaldo said.

Real Madrid had the upper hand in the first leg tie but were denied by the fingertips of United goalkeeper David de Gea.

"This 1-1 is not perfect but it's a good result," he said.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 12:40 [IST]
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