Leeds vs Man Utd: Luke Ayling on Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘one of the greatest’
Leeds vs Man Utd: Luke Ayling on Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘one of the greatest’ players in history as rivals face off | Football News
Luke Ayling told Sky Sports what the chance to face “one of the greatest” in Cristiano Ronaldo will mean as Leeds host old rivals Man Utd on Super Sunday.
Elland Road will host Manchester United in a top-flight clash in front of fans for the first time in almost two decades when Ralf Rangnick’s side take to the field on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, although Ayling has more than enough experience of facing one of Leeds’ oldest foes already.
The right-back was on the scoresheet to bring Leeds level at Old Trafford on the opening day of this season, before the hosts hit back to run out 5-1 winners and stun Marcelo Bielsa’s side. That set the tone for what has been a difficult campaign for the Whites, who have never been above 15th and managed back-to-back wins only once.
Ronaldo had not completed his return to United by the time of that game, and Ayling told Sky Sports he was embracing the opportunity of facing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game; of course it’s great to be on the same pitch as someone like that,” he said.
“Everyone’s watched him for years, it’ll be nice to get on the same pitch as him and hopefully do well against him.
“The game at Old Trafford was a weird one. We felt like we stayed in it first half, stayed alright, went in at 1-0 down and got it back to 1-1, then there was just a mad five minutes where they scored three goals and it was 4-1 before we knew it.
“We take a lot of heart from what we did against them at our place, I thought we did really well, and got a 0-0 draw, we coped with them really well.