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Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic would not be surprised to see Cristiano Ronaldo back at Old Trafford next season.

On the eve of the huge Champions League quarter-final second leg between United Ronaldo's current club Real Madrid, Vidic confirmed that he could see the move happening and that the player misses Old Trafford.

Real Madrid ride into Manchester on the crest of back-to-back wins over Barcelona. The market believes the hype and makes them 2.44 favourites to become the first team to win a meaningful Champions League match at Old Trafford since AC Milan in 2005.

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Vidic said: "It would be a big ask for many reasons. I would love to see Cristiano here. I could see it.

"He is a United supporter. Even though he left he still follows United and still misses the club and the environment here."

Vidic rates Ronaldo higher than Barcelona's Lionel Messi so reckons United would be able to boast the world's best player.

The Serb defender, 31, said: "They are both great players but, in recent years, Barcelona have won more trophies and I think that is why people have put Ronaldo to one side.

"The way he plays, he can play in England, he can shoot with his left, his right, he can jump and head the ball. He can dribble, he can do everything.

"I don't say Messi cannot do that but the way Barcelona play suits his style.

"Ronaldo has been changing games for the last four years for Madrid.

"Every time he walks on the pitch he wants to score. He has that hunger in every game."

After United's battling 1-1 draw in Madrid three weeks ago, Ferguson returned to Spain last Tuesday and witnessed Real's 3-1 destruction of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

Fergie said: "They were absolutely stunning on the counter-attack so we have to find a way of coping with that but also have our own threat."

Ferguson has ruled Phil Jones out of the clash with Real Madrid but has confirmed that Ryan Giggs will play his 1,000th competitive match.

Jones was a key player in a defensive midfield role as United held Real to a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu three weeks ago but Ferguson said at his press conference this afternoon that the England man has not recovered sufficiently from an ankle problem.

Ferguson was in high spirits ahead of Manchester United's Champions League showdown and said that Giggs would play his 1,000th professional match at some stage, either in the starting XI or from the bench.

With the United supporters waiting to give former favourite Ronaldo a generous welcome on his return to Old Trafford, Ferguson has warned that his players must not get hung up on what he could do.

Asked if he fears a repeat of the night the Brazilian Ronaldo came to Manchester and scored a hat-trick to edge Real through 10 years ago, Ferguson laughed.

"My biggest concern is if Cristiano turns up," he said. 'What do you expect when you play against a team with Ronaldo in it?"

Nemanja Vidic was quoted in The Sun.

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