Cristiano Ronaldo has today claimed that he watches Manchester United play on the telly whenever he can and is always chuffed to see us do well.

“Every time I can I try to watch United’s games on television,” said Ronaldo. “I still like to know what’s happening at Old Trafford. And despite being at Real I’m always happy when I know when United have won.”

He has also spoken in praise of International team mate Nani, who has been given more opportunities in the first team since Ronaldo left.

“I’ve also seen Nani is playing much more than he was last season when I was there,” he added. “That’s good for him and he will benefit from that. Now he has more opportunities he will be able to show the fans just how great a player he is. We still speak regularly on the phone and it’s good to see United’s fans are starting to appreciate him more. Nani is an excellent player. There’s a lot more to come from him and I’m sure that in a few years he will be amongst the best players in the world.”