Reading boss Steve Coppell has sung the praises of Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

Coppell, a former United wing star himself, said: "Ronaldo's goalscoring record is phenomenal for a wide man.

"You can have nothing but respect for his talents. When I was player I went into the start of a season thinking a goal every six games would be a great return for a winger. But Ronaldo is scoring almost a goal a game - and he's not even a striker.

"He's scoring goals and he's also creating things for the team as well. He's got an awful lot going on in his game and he's a threat to any side in the world. You can only stand back and admire him because he's broken the mould in terms of what wide players can do."