Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits he ducked the pre-match hype leading into last week's 1-1 draw at Real Madrid.

The United ace says the clash, billed as the match the world wanted to see, was not just a shootout between him and CR7.

He joked: "I usually always read the newspapers but I didn't this week for that reason. This was not about me against Ronaldo. This was two great teams playing each other.

"The manager said 'Don't play the occasion, play the game'. We did.

"And it was a great match by both sides as they have unbelievable players as well. So it feels good.

"Normally when you have a high-profile game it can end up disappointing.

"But I don't think anyone was disappointed with that match. I'm sure it was a great game to watch and it was a great one to play in too.

"We could've nicked it, they could've nicked it. Now it's strange we must wait three weeks for the return leg."