Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/21/12
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Sir Alex Ferguson says it will be "fantastic" to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford when Manchester United face Real Madrid . The two European heavyweights will go head-to-head in the last 16 of the Champions League , and Real superstar Ronaldo will be facing United for the first time since he left the club in 2009. Ferguson signed the Portuguese winger as a teenager, and in his six years with the club he became a global superstar. Ferguson said, with tongue in cheek: "It is in his contract he can't play against us. It would be a disgrace if he played." The Scot added: "It will be fantastic to have him back. When he comes on to the pitch at Old Trafford he will get a great reception, quite rightly - after that they can boo him as much as they like. You have to remember, he came here at 17 and developed himself into a great footballer. We are proud of the part we played in his career. To get six years out of a boy when he comes to us at 17, we have done very well." F...
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