Most defenders can get a little nervous playing against one of the best footballers in history, but not Matty Cash.
The Aston Villa star believes Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo is truly the “greatest of all time”, but is not troubled by the prospect.
The Villans have started the Premier League campaign well this season, except against Watford on the opening day of the campaign.
Even in the 3-0 defeat to title contenders Chelsea, Dean Smith’s men seemed more than capable of troubling the top teams in the division.
They’ll get another test on Saturday – live on talkSPORT 2 – as they take on the Red Devils at Manchester United, but Cash isn’t at all fazed even though they lost star man Jack Grealish to Man City this summer.
“I think we started really well, performed well and got good results,” he told talkSPORT.
“Like I said before, the Chelsea game, we shouldn’t have lost 3-0 really, I thought the first half was really good. The season has been very positive so far.
“Obviously we’ve lost Jack, but we’ve bought some quality players, so far so good. “
A game against Man United now has the extra Ronaldo factor and although Cash is a huge fan he only thinks about one thing – ruling it out.
He continued: “They have quality players, obviously Cristiano Ronaldo is there too, the greatest player of all time, it will be a real honor to play against him.
“You don’t need to talk about him, he is scoring goals for fun and we will try to prevent him from scoring on Saturday.”
And manager Smith insisted that Ronaldo wouldn’t do anything in the game should he surprise his players.
“Your levels of focus have to be very high and our defenders know that, as well as the other defenders,” he said.
“When you have the ball it can be one of the most dangerous times because they block very quickly and he’s a catalyst for that.
“If our players don’t know Cristiano Ronaldo then I have a problem because they should watch football and should have watched him in the last 10 or 12 years. They should know enough about him and what to expect and know they need to be on their game. “
The villa is made of harsh materials these days and there is no fear under Manager Smith.
“We know their quality,” Cash said. “They are a very good team and Old Trafford is a great stadium, but I feel like we are ready for this after a good performance last week against Everton.
“We’re going there really confident it’ll be a great game I’m sure.”
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