Thursday, January 08, 2009

24 hours to forget for Ronaldo

It's not been a good 24 hours for Cristiano Ronaldo.
After failing to inspire United from the bench on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup defeat by Derby the winger this morning 'wrote off' his Ferrari in a tunnel near Manchester Airport.
He was uninjured in the incident which happed just after 10am and was spoken to by police at the scene.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed no-one was injured in the incident.

A statement read: "At about 10.20am police were called to the A538 Wilmslow Road near to Manchester Airport following reports of a road traffic collision.

"Officers attended and discovered a Ferrari had collided with a barrier.

"No one is believed to have been injured. Inquiries are continuing."

The club have confirmed the collision and said: "He's fine and is training as normal with the team this morning."

The 23-year-old, along with Wayne Rooney, was a second-half substitute in the 1-0 first-leg defeat at Pride Park but he was unable to fire United level although he did come agonisingly close with a trademark free-kick.

Former Red Devils keeper Roy Carroll was rooted to the spot as Ronaldo's 25-yard effort whistled just the wrong side of the post.

Sir Alex's men are still odds on to reach the final at Wembley and are football odds of 1.8 to win the trophy with the likely opponents Harry Redknapp's Spurs after their 4-1 demolition of Burnley in the first leg.

Fergie admitted he thought United were lucky not to have been beaten by a heavier margin after failing to create many significant goalscoring chances.

And then he cleverly switched the negative result into a positive by saying: "We were so bad and Derby will rue the fact they didn't score more."

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