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Remember Ronaldo Tormenting Us?

Remember Ronaldo Tormenting Us?

It's hard to recall now but once upon a time Cristiano Ronaldo was the biggest threat of one of our opponents.

OK, I admit it wasn't in the Stone Age, only as early as 2003 that the Red Devils visited Lisbon and came away embarassed 3-1 by a vibrant Sporting side whose main threat was a certain Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro.

The players, the myth says, urged Fergie all the way back on the plane to sign the young prodigy who tormented our full-backs beyond dignity. The manager duly cracked under pressure and opened the chequebook to pay a record fee for Ronaldo. The rest of it, as they say, is history.

Such was his success that many United fans hailed the arrival of another Sporting starlet, Nani without any worries or concerns. Now the duo head back to their parent club.

Both admitted it will be a special occasion for them, as well as for Carlos Queiroz who took up his first senior coaching job at Sporting, back in 1994. They'll be focused on winning only, of course.

'Of course it will be a special feeling playing against Sporting, as it will be for Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo,' Queiroz insisted.

'But we are all professionals and I am sure we will do our best. I hope we can play a tremendous game and I'm sure the Sporting fans are expecting this.'

Nani, apart from talking about the emotional scale, also hailed the return of Wayne Rooney.

'It's going to be emotional going back,' admitted the young winger 'My heart is in Lisbon but, as a pro, I want nothing other than a United win.

'I've spoken to Cristiano and we both feel there could be a few early nerves about returning home. But if we can score first the pressure will be on Sporting and having Wayne and Cristiano back gives us an extra edge.

'Wayne's recovery is a real positive, particularly with two huge battles coming up against Sporting and then Chelsea on Sunday.'

I hope we've taken away everybody from Sporting who could cause us problems!

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Date:Tuesday September 18 2007
Time: 5:19PM

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He's a feckin show pony!
18/09/2007 17:31:00
Chelsea sure could do with one of them merlin! Bit of creativity, maybe you might even start scoring.
18/09/2007 18:34:00
show pony???he is the reigning player of the year,one of the top 5 players in the world at present,and the most exciting,skilful,and naturally talented players to play in england in years oh and he also plays for the best club and best manager inthe world at the moment so **** off and come back when you have something worth reading!!!
18/09/2007 23:04:00
You manure fans are scum. You should never of allowed him back at the club. You only did because you are are Scotish and Irish club.
19/09/2007 00:13:00
jealousy,jealousy platos by the sound of it you obviously support some bum team who hasnt won anything in a while!!!
19/09/2007 00:28:00
merlin you muppet,where have you gone............oh sorry chelski have had a bad result so you'll have gone into hiding.
19/09/2007 08:23:00
....and if he's a show pony then Sheva must be a cart horse.
19/09/2007 08:24:00
SLF, you know I´m not like the rest, I´m always around...and sofar you lot aren´t really impressing v Sporting...where´s that muppet United4life when you need him/her?
Blue is the colour
19/09/2007 20:58:00
He/she´s probably down here in London, or MOST likely somwhere in the States. which makes posting during normal hours a tad hard for him/her.
Blue is the colour
19/09/2007 21:00:00
But since that diving nancy fake ronnie scored for you , I´m sure he/she´ll be around here soon.
Blue is the colour
19/09/2007 21:07:00
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