'Ronaldo will cope with hostile fans'

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is confident that Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to cope with fans berating him for his recent behavior.

'Ronaldo will cope with hostile fans'

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is confident that Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to cope with fans berating him for his recent behavior. The Portugal winger was vilified in England for his part in the sending off of Wayne Rooney - his United teammate - in Portugal's win over England in a World Cup quarterfinal. Rooney was ejected in the 62nd minute after stomping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. Ronaldo ran up to the referee to protest Rooney's actions, and the England striker shoved him away. TV cameras caught Ronaldo winking toward the Portugal bench after Rooney was dismissed. "I haven't spoken to him since the World Cup, but there have been other players down the years who have had stick," Ferguson told Manchester United's Web site on Tuesday. "David Beckham came back after the World Cup in 1998 and had it, while Eric Cantona had it all the time - everywhere he went. "They can only boo for so long, and if you're playing well and winning, it quietens them down." Ronaldo's future at United had been in doubt after the incident and the 21-year-old said he wants to end his three-year stint at Old Trafford to move to Real Madrid. However, Ferguson said Ronaldo wasn't affected when he was jeered during the World Cup and would be at Manchester United when the English Premier League season kicks off on August 19. The team is currently on a preseason tour of South Africa. (AP)

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