Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has taunted AS Roma in the build-up to their Champions League showdown by claiming they begged him for mercy during last season's 7-1 thrashing.
The Portuguese winger scored twice as United overturned a 2-1 first-leg quarter-final deficit last season with a devastating display at Old Trafford.
And Ronaldo has stoked the fires ahead of Roma's return on Tuesday evening by revealing he was begged to take his foot off the accelerator last time out.
"When we were 6-0 up, one of their players said 'don't do any more dribbles', almost begging," he claimed.
"I won't reveal his name as these are comments brought about by the game.
"Other players ask me to go to play on the opposite side and others don't show any humour when they make threats to my physical integrity.
"I know that they are merely trying to scare me.
"But these comments are worthless, for I keep playing in exactly the same way."