Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has revealed that he doesn’t fear Cristiano Ronaldo amid Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus.
The Red Devils will be at the Allianz Stadium in Turin as Jose Mourinho looks to bounce back following a 1-0 defeat in two weeks ago at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo, who played against his former side in the game, is expected to start again tonight and will be hoping to score against United as he previously did during his time at Real Madrid.
But Rashford, who consider Ronaldo as one of his childhood heroes, admits he is not worried about Ronaldo ahead of the clash.
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“The thing that is a massive eye-opener for me now is I remember when he first came his talent was arguably one of the biggest talents that we’ve seen at United for a long time,” he said.
“To have him and Wayne [Rooney] in the same team was amazing when you look back.”
“But the way he’s sustained his career and even improved year on year is just amazing.”
“People don’t do that at his age, people are usually heading towards the end of their career and their level starts going down a little bit.”
“But he’s just gone up and up and up. For me, there is no bigger inspiration in football.”
“I could speak for a lot of young players and United fans that watched the team when he was here and the majority of us have followed him as he’s moved on in his career and that’s what’s special about United.”
“Once you play for this club you become part of this family even if you move on.”
“There is always something that remains in your heart, you could see that when he returned from our fans.”
“When you play against a player like that you have to respect his qualities but at the same time you have to play your game and you can’t show fear to that type of player.”
Ronaldo enjoyed six successful seasons at the North West side, helping the side to win three Premier League titles and one Champions League.
Rashford, 21, whose side are currently second in Group H behind Juventus, grew up supporting United and has a lot of admiration for the Portuguese superstar.