Only Ronaldo can save Man U, feels Fergie

April 15th, 2009 - 5:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Alex Ferguson London, Apr.15 (ANI): Manchester United coach-cum-manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged striker Cristiano ­Ronaldo to emulate Roy Keane’s Turin tour de force and keep the club in the hunt for the Champions League title in their match against Porto tonight.

Last season’s top marksman in Europe’s elite tournament with eight, Ronaldo has only scored once in it this term and, significantly, only four of his 20 goals in all competitions have come away from Old Trafford.

At the same time last season, he had scored 38 goals, with 14 coming on his travels and he ended up with 42, of which 16 were scored on away grounds.

According to the Daily Express, Ferguson’s prediction before last week’s home leg that his star players would rise to the big occasion proved wide of the mark, certainly in Ronaldo’s case.

His misplaced pass led to Porto’s early goal and he was constantly frustrated in his efforts to make amends as the Portuguese champions snatched a 2-2 draw that makes them favourites to reach the last four.

A decade has passed since they last won a knockout tie in Europe after playing at home first - the semi-final epic with Juventus. In 1999 they had been held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and were 2-0 down after only 11 minutes in the Stadio delle Alpi. (ANI)

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