LONDON, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said on Tuesday that Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo is "a strong character" and will survive the hostility from English fans.
Ronaldo had infuriated England fans for his part in the sending-off of Man. United striker Wayne Rooney in Portugal's win over England in a World Cup quarterfinal.
Ronaldo was seen protesting Rooney's actions to the referee after his United teammate stamp on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. Rooney was later dismissed with a straight red card.
But Ferguson told Man. United's website that he didnot think the fans would never forgive him.
"They can only boo for so long, and if you're playing well and winning, it quietens them down," said Ferguson. "He's got a fantastic attitude and he's a really strong character. "
Though Ronaldo had reportedly planned a move to Real Madrid, Ferguson didnot think it would happen.
"Without any question, Ronaldo will be our player next season and for the rest of his contract.
"I haven't paid much attention to what Cristiano is supposed to have said about his future, but he will be back on July 31 to start training again with us." Enditem