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Ronaldo targets more trophies for United

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed Manchester United are now confident of adding major trophies to their title of world champions.

Ronaldo's wonder goal against FC Porto on Wednesday was enough to earn the Red Devils a Champions League semi-final showdown with old rivals Arsenal. But before that United must tackle Everton in the last four of the FA Cup before facing Portsmouth and Tottenham in a Premier League title race they are still leading after winning their last two games.

And Ronaldo is convinced the Old Trafford outfit can repeat last season's double haul of the major trophies on offer.

''We have an opportunity to win everything and we are very confident that we can,'' said the world player of the year. ''We did not play fantastic in the last five or six games but we expect the next ones will be better because of what we did last night.''

In beating Porto at the Stadio do Dragao, United became the first English team to beat their opponents on their own ground, with Ronaldo taking centre stage by rifling home from fully 35 yards after just six minutes.

''It is the best goal I have scored,'' he said. ''It was a fantastic strike and I can't wait to see it again on DVD. I am very happy with it.''

The goal put Porto on the back foot almost immediately. And though United were forced to survive a few scary moments as the home side desperately tried to find a way through at the end, Sir Alex Ferguson was never seriously concerned his side would lose their precious lead.

It means for the first time United must face English opposition in a two-legged European tie, with old rival Arsene Wenger lying in wait for a battle to decide who will go to Rome for the final on May 27.

''It would be tough no matter who we played but the fact it is another English side gives a different type of spice to it,'' said Ferguson. ''We are two good footballing sides, so it should be a terrific semi-final.

''Our game earlier in the season was fantastic. It was the way football should be played and we will look forward to it. The first leg is at home, so 1-0 would be perfect for us. But it is not going to be easy.''

The contributions of Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs, whose energy belied his 35 years, were crucial, as was the secure goalkeeping of Edwin van der Sar and the return of Rio Ferdinand from a groin injury.

But, as Ferguson acknowledged, none of it would have mattered without the contribution of Ronaldo, whose 20th goal of the season - and only his second in the Champions League since last year's final - was enough to inflict Porto's first defeat on home soil against English opposition.

''I will have to trawl a long way back through my memory bank to come up with anything as good as that,'' said Ferguson. ''It was a sensational goal. It was a great strike and to do it so early gave us the platform to go on and win.

''It put them on the back foot and I really don't think they had a chance after that.''


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