Manchester United are ahead of Real Madrid in the race for Sporting Lisbon star Miguel Veloso.

He played a blinder against United in the Champions League and attracted the interest of Alex Ferguson.

Now the Portugal ace admits he would happily join countrymen Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani at Old Trafford.

He said: "Of course I would love to play for Manchester United. They are a great team and it is a dream for anyone to play in great clubs."

Spanish giants Real also want versatile midfielder Veloso, 21, who can play in defence as well.

Sporting president Felipe Soares Franco admits Veloso is a major target but will put up a fight to keep him.

Franco said: "There is no chance the player will leave. We are not interested in negotiating this subject because Miguel Veloso is one of our main players for this campaign."