Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ronaldo's Sporting Show Left United Stars 'Stunned'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ronaldo's Sporting Show Left United Stars 'Stunned'

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RYAN Giggs and Roy Keane were left with their 'mouths wide open' following Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning display for Sporting Lisbon against United back in 2003, according to ex-defender Mark Lynch.

The 18-year-old stole the show in Sporting's first game in their new home at the Estadio Jose Alvalade when he completely tore apart United's tired defence on a patchy pitch - barely a year after his professional debut.

Encouraged by United's players, following the 3-1 defeat, Sir Alex Ferguson and then chief executive Peter Kenyon got a £12.24m deal over the line after the game.

And Lynch, who replaced a frazzled John O'Shea at rightback in the second half, never forgot that night where Ronaldo announced himself as Europe's hottest prospect. …

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