Ronaldo happy to beat off the boo-boys

August 30, 2006

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is 'very happy' at Manchester United despite enduring the fallout of his involvement in Wayne Rooney's World Cup sending-off.

Cristiano Ronaldo
GettyImages / ShaunBotterillCristiano Ronaldo: Determined to prove his worth for United

The 21-year-old accepts it is inevitable he will be on the receiving end of abuse this season after he bore the brunt of the blame for his United team-mate's red card in England's quarter-final defeat to Portugal this summer.

The winger was branded the villain of the piece after he rushed over to remonstrate with the referee after Rooney appeared to stamp on Ricardo Carvalho.

Ronaldo has already experienced the strength of feeling against him in Premiership away games at Charlton and Watford but has shrugged off the catcalls.

'I knew I'd be whistled as soon as I put a foot on the pitch at Charlton, but I faced the game in a very calm way,' he said.

'I won't give any importance to the whistles of the insults.'

The winger claims his reaction to Rooney's apparent stamp was 'normal' and believes everyone puts club loyalties to one side when playing for their countries.

'Throughout my career, I have always defended - in any circumstances - my country,' he added in the Daily Mail.

'It could be that my best friends play for other teams, but firstly I will defend my country and my shirt.

'Secondly, what happened was absolutely normal - and I think any player who was in the same situation would have done the same.'

Ronaldo insists the incident is now forgotten at United and has rubbished suggestions he is desperate for a move to Spain.

'It's true I'm moving, but I've moved house every year in Manchester,' he said.

'Manchester are the ideal club for me. It is true that I said one day I would like to play in Spain. But if that doesn't happen, it won't be a problem.

'I still feel very happy.'