Cristiano Ronaldo defends himself against rape accusations

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor made his name in Manchester, but showed no mercy on his last visit when he and Mourinho teamed up to dump United out of the Champions League in 2013.

The Croatian boss replaced Davide Ballardini before the global break for his third spell in charge of Genoa and he made an immediate impact as the Italian champions failed to record a victory for the first time in nine league games this season.

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Ronaldo's lawyers have issued a vehement denial of claims that he raped an American woman in 2009.

Later, Ronaldo allegedly paid her $375,000 as an out-of-court settlement.

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken publicly for the first time since being accused of rape and revealed he is confident the truth will come out in the case.

"I don't want to compare Juve and Real, they are both fantastic clubs", he said. "I hope they let the kid to".

"The most important (thing) is I enjoy the football, I enjoy my life. Of course, the truth is always coming in the first position".

The return from injury of Paulo Dybala will allow Allegri to revert to his favoured 4-3-3 formation, meaning Red Devils fans will see Ronaldo shunted to the wing. The Ecuadorian global is back in full training but this game may come too soon so Ashley Young could retain his place at right-back.

Ronaldo scored the winning goal that night, eliminating United.

Defeat to Madrid five years ago was Ferguson's final European game in charge and since his retirement, United have fallen on hard times.

"It is special for me to return to Manchester", Ronaldo said. My history, we won lots of trophies, cups, leagues and the Champions League.

"I remember also the support as well".

"When I knew that we were going to be playing against Manchester United, it was huge for me".