Ronaldo confident of United progress

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Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is confident his side can overcome Inter Milan when their defence of the Champions League trophy resumes later this month.

United travel to the San Siro on February 24 before welcoming Inter to Old Trafford for the second leg 15 days later and Ronaldo has no doubt who will progress to the quarter-finals.

"Inter are a strong team, with great players," he told Rai Sport. "But we are better than them and I strongly believe we will succeed in beating them. By knocking them out we can feel one step from the final."

Ronaldo's stunning form was a big factor in United's success at home and abroad last season and the 24-year-old was duly recognised with both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards.

Inter coach, and former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho recently claimed Inter's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a better player but Ronaldo has refused to be drawn into a war of words.

"I respect everyone's opinion," he added. "But the trophies that matter are at my house."

Ronaldo also commented on Chelsea's latest signing, Portugal team-mate Ricardo Quaresma, who moved to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day on loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

"Ricardo has important qualities and it's a pity that he hasn't had the time to show his true worth," he said. "He was great at Porto and in the Portugal shirt and he cannot be judged solely for the few games he didn't play to his level.

"It's probable the fact he was bought for so much money put too much pressure on him in Italy, it's not easy to do well immediately."

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