Cristiano Ronaldo believes " Real Madrid have a better team" than Manchester United ahead of the two sides' clash in the Champions League .
Ronaldo will come up against his former club for the first time since trading England for Spain in a world record ÂŁ80million move in 2009 when United visit the Bernabeu in the first leg of the last 16 next week.
The reigning Primera Division champions are struggling domestically this season and lie 16 points behind fierce rivals Barcelona , while the Red Devils are currently cruising at the top of the Premier League.
Despite the teams' contrasting forms, Ronaldo will be in positive mood against Sir Alex Ferguson's men although he was quick to sound a note of caution.
"I believe things will go well. In my opinion Read Madrid have a better team, but we have to show that on the pitch because United are a very united team and always have been in recent years," he said to the official UEFA Champions League magazine.
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