Date: 28th February 2013 at 11:25pm
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Ronaldo fans

David Beckham has warned Manchester United that Cristiano Ronaldo will be geed up when he returns to Old Trafford next week.

Real Madrid head to Manchester for the second leg of the first knockout stage game against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, and having drawn the first leg will need a special effort to progress to the quarterfinals of the competition.

Ronaldo’s brilliant header in the first leg drew Madrid level and Beckham thinks the former United star could be even more of a factor, spurred on by his first return to Old Trafford since his £80m move:

“It will be an exciting game, and a special night for Cristiano going back to Manchester.

“United has a special place in his heart. The fans love him and it will be a great occasion. You enjoy going back [to your former club] and I am sure it will inspire him.

“Many things inspire great players and him going back will be a special night.”

The game promises to be an exciting one and United will need to guard against complacency (and Ronaldo) as they look to progress.