Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has praised Cristiano Ronaldo as the Premier League side prepare to face Real Madrid.

The Old Trafford team play Los Blancos on Wednesday evening in the last 16 of the Champions League.

And the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has insisted that he is ready for the challenge, despite initially struggling in England.

“Obviously, when you get to a new club in a new country, there are going to be difficult moments,” he told a Press conference.

“But those moments make you stronger. I am definitely better goalkeeper now than when I arrived in Manchester.

“Everyone knows how dangerous Ronaldo is,” he added. “His technique is a special one and it's difficult to stop as a goalkeeper.

“Cristiano is the only player who can striker a ball like he does on the run.”

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