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Tuesday 5th Feb – Man Utd daily news round up

Despite praising him as a mentor, Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to beat Sir Alex Ferguson at his own game as the Real Madrid forward believes his side are capable of beating Manchester United in the Champions League. The Daily Mail quotes the former Manchester United player saying, “Sir Alex taught me the basics of football. I arrived in Manchester when I was only 18. He managed my career in the best possible way, and for me he is one of the most important people in football.”

However, Ronaldo believes Madrid will beat United and said, “In my opinion Real Madrid have a better team, although we have to show that on the pitch because United are a very united team and always have been in recent years.”

Manchester United have another defensive worry as Phil Jones has been ruled out for up to 4 weeks after being diagnosed with shingles. ESPNreports England U21 manager Stuart Pearce confirming the news and Jones is likely to miss the double-header against Real Madrid.

Former FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho has claimed that Manchester United missed out on signing him in 2003 when he left PSG. ESPNquotes the former Barcelona star saying, “If Manchester United had signed me they would have won more European Cups.” United were linked with a move for the Brazil international in 2003 but he ended up at Barcelona where he won the Champions League in 2006.