Mandzukic to miss Manchester United trip

In his pre-match press conference in the build up to the hotly anticipated Champions League tie, the Manchester United boss explained that "the players you saw are the players available".

The 33-year-old is being sued by a woman in the United States, who claims he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Ronaldo denies the allegations - which first surfaced on the Football Leaks website in April 2017 - and insists the sex was consensual. I told the players we have to keep that happiness, pride and confidence of the way we played.

"So the rest, it doesn't interfere on me", he added, before saying with a smile: "I'm very, very well". I think the press conference is going in other directions. I am very happy.

If they reach the latter stages of the Champions League and finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, then talk of Mourinho losing his job will surely fade away.

"This is not the most important thing, I'm not too upset about individual awards", he said. "Of course, the truth is always coming in the first position".

"I don't want to compare Real and Juve".

Eric Bailly is pushing for a recall but I think Mourinho will stick with Victor Lindelof alongside Chris Smalling in the middle of defence.

Ronaldo first faced a Mourinho team as a teenager while playing for Sporting CP, featuring twice in Primeira Liga games against Porto, with both ending in defeat. My history, we won lots of trophies, cups, leagues and the Champions League.

"Here I really do my best, I just push myself to the maximum and that's something at Milan I really didn't manage".

On his only previous return with Madrid in 2013, Ronaldo received a hero's welcome, but went on to score the winning goal as Real progressed 3-2 on aggregate in a contentious Champions League last 16 tie.

"I know it's going to be tough, but I think we have a chance".

  • Angelo Rivera