Bruno makes Ronaldo UCL goals claim

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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has insisted the team will be relying on Cristiano Ronaldo's "smell for goals" ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo is set to play his first UCL knockout game for United in more than 12 years on Wednesday night.

The 37-year-old comes up against a familiar foe in the form of Atletico, a side he boasts an incredible scoring record against, having struck 25 times in 35 matches against Diego Simeone's men, including a goal in a Champions League final.

The forward also has a reputation for impressing during the knockout stages of the competition, with the Portugal talisman having netted 67 times in 83 outings during the elimination phase of the tournament.

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Spaeaking ahead of the match, his international and club teammate Fernandes insisted the Red Devils will thus be relying on his compatriot's "smell for goals" in their clash against the Spanish champions, despite Ronaldo recently going through a scoring drought in England.

"Cristiano has won this competition many times," the attacking midfielder said during a pre-match press conference, per the Daily Post.

"Everyone knows in this kind of competition he has that smell for the goal, he has that smell for doing different things.

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"But in the same way, we have Rapha (Raphael Varane), who has won the Champions League four times and is a player capable of doing it.

"When Cristiano won the first one, he probably was not the most influential player or had more experience in that competition (than others) and he won it anyway, and he helped the team win the Champions League.

"Being Cristiano or another one, the most important for us is winning the game and going through this stage."

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