Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire Champions League glory, says Bruno Fernandes

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has that SMELL for doing different things’, says Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United playmaker believes team-mate can inspire club to European glory again

  • Manchester United travel to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 tie 
  • The Red Devils haven’t won the competition since their triumph in 2008 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times during his career 


Bruno Fernandes believes Cristiano Ronaldo can be the catalyst for more Manchester United glory in the Champions League due to his big-game experience.

Ronaldo has won five European Cups during his illustrious career – with his first coming as United player in 2007-08.

The 37-year-old then won another four at Real Madrid alongside Raphael Varane – who also moved to the Red Devils last summer.

Bruno Fernandes (left) believes Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire Man United to European glory

Bruno Fernandes (left) believes Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire Man United to European glory

Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times to date - including in 2008 with United

Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times to date – including in 2008 with United

United haven’t won the Champions League since that 2008 triumph, but Fernandes is adamant they can with the clout of Ronaldo in attack.

‘Cristiano has won this competition many times,’ he said. ‘Everyone knows in this competition he has that smell for the goal, that smell for doing different things.

‘In the same way we have Rapha [Raphael Varane], who has won the Champions League four times.

‘Sometimes it’s about someone who has more experience, but sometimes it’s about someone doing it for the first time, because they’re hungry to do something well.

‘They want to show it. When Cristiano won the first one, he was probably not the most influential player, there were others who had more experience, but he helped the team anyway.

‘It’s all about everyone sticking together, doing the same things, having the same focus.

‘Having players that can decide games for us at any moment is always helpful. If that’s Cristiano or another one, the most important thing is winning the game and going through.’

Fernandes will hope that begins with a bright start on Wednesday night when they travel to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

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