Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson is dismissing Real Madrid as no threat to his Euro ambitions even though they have the three most expensive players in the world.
Fergie said: ‘I don’t know how their manager Manuel Pellegrini plans to pick his side because it has no balance.
‘I told Ronaldo before he left that he will end up playing centre-half because I don’t think they have one!’
Real have bagged Kaka for $90 million, Karim Benzema for $75m and Ronaldo for a world-record $130m this summer.
But Fergie said: ‘I don’t envy Pellegrini picking his team.’
Yet Fergie was not so dismissive of Barcelona.
He said: ‘They are different. They have a fantastic midfield and they will once again be a threat to everyone who is playing in the Champions League.”
United suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to hosts Bayern Munich after a goalless final of the Audi Cup on Thursday.
Bayern held their nerve in front of a sell-out crowd of 69,000 at their Allianz Arena after United strikers Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen missed great chances in the second half to win the match.
And Ferguson said: ‘I hope we can find the answer to losing Ronaldo because to score 26 goals as he did last season as a winger is exceptional.’