Wayne Rooney: 'Tough to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet'

Rooney: 'Tough to keep Ronaldo quiet'
© PA Photos
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits that it will be difficult for his side to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet tonight.

Wayne Rooney has conceded that Manchester United will have their work cut out to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet when they take on Real Madrid in the Bernabeu this evening.

Ronaldo, who spent six years with United up until his departure in 2009, has been tipped by many to be the difference between the two sides over the two legs.

Despite admitting that it will be difficult to keep the Portuguese international at bay, Rooney believes that United will have a better chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League if they manage to shackle him.

"I played with Cristiano for a number of years and he's a fantastic player, him and Lionel Messi are the two stand out players in football today," Rooney told GiveMeFootball.com.

"He's certainly the biggest threat for Real Madrid. He's an incredible talent and it will be tough to try and keep him quiet, and I'm sure if we can do that it'll give us a better chance of getting the result we want."

Ronaldo has scored 182 goals from just 179 outings for Los Blancos.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Valencia on January 20, 2013
Read Next:
Ronaldo rules out City switch
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account