Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about his admiration for his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Juventus’ clash at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo will be returning to The Theatre of Dreams tonight with the Red Devils host the Italian champions in their Champions League group stage showdown.

The 33-year-old has been at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009 before making a move to Real Madrid in a world record transfer fee at the time.

“(I am) emotional, I can remember what it was like when I was at Manchester,” Ronaldo told reporters.

“I won lots of trophies here. I remember the support as well, the support was fantastic.”

“Here I have many memories of victories and affection and in particular with Sir Alex Ferguson, to whom I send a big hug.”

“He is a person who helped me so much.”

Ronaldo won nine trophies with United including three Premier League titles and UEFA Champions League.

The Portugal captain has also won Ballon d’Or during his time at the North West side under Ferguson.

The five-time Champions League winner has moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer with another record becoming the first player over 30 years old worth over €100 million.

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