Sir Alex Ferguson: 'I'll stop Cristiano Ronaldo with a machete'

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo crosses during his team's match with Manchester United on February 13, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson says that using a machete or a machine gun may be the only way for Manchester United to stop Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has joked that using a machete may be the only way to stop Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid forward returns to Old Trafford for the first time on Tuesday, when the two sides meet in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

The Portugal international has been in scintillating form this season, and Ferguson admits that there are not many ways to keep Ronaldo quiet.

"He is a better player now than he was when he was with us because he has matured. He is 28 and at the peak of his career," Ferguson told ESPN.

"From 28 to 32, with the fitness Ronaldo has got - he never misses a game and is never injured - he will be at his absolute best.

"I've got a plan to stop him: it's called a machete. Plan B is a machine gun!"

United host the La Liga champions at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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