Cristiano Ronaldo is now free to face former side Manchester United at Old Trafford after receiving a one-match ban for his red card against Valencia.

Ronaldo was dismissed following a strange tussle with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo. The Juventus striker appeared to put his hand on the centre-back’s head.

It was Ronaldo’s first sending off in 15 years of playing in the Champions League. Fortunately for him it only carries a mandatory one-game ban.

The UEFA disciplinary panel confirmed that the 33-year-old will miss one game due to suspension. The Portuguese international will miss Tuesday’s clash with Young Boys.

A UEFA statement said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus Football Club player Cristiano Ronaldo for one UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”

This will therefore mean that the Portuguese star will be available to face Manchester United in both group H ties. The second game will take place in Turin on November 7.

Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 game for the Manchester club between 2003 and 2009. He won 3 Premier League titles and a Champions League with the club.

Will Ronaldo come back to haunt the Theatre of Dreams or will Jose Mourinho’s side be able to deal with him?

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