Shackling Ronaldo Critical to Man U Success

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Home fires may burn brightly for Ferguson’s side, casting a warm glow on a 12-point lead in the Premier League, but this is Europe, this is a class apart, a challenge to be confronted. This is a game that defines seasons.

On a night of many stars, there is so much to be proved.

Can David De Gea answer his critics, indicate he fulfils Manchester United’s demanding requirements, and show he is the next Iker Casillas? Can Wayne Rooney change contemptuous, and unfounded, local views of him? Can Robin van Persie rise to the occasion in a land where he was sent off on his last visit (with Arsenal at Barcelona in 2011)? Can Cristiano Ronaldo punish those he once cherished? And can Mourinho turn the tide of opinion back his way?

Even Ferguson strode into town with...

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