Ricardo still has United dream
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 31-year-old was forced to return to Spain on loan after limited opportunities to don the gloves for United.
Ricardo still has a year left on his current Old Trafford contract and he wants to return and prove himself once his loan stint at Racing expires at the end of the season.
Tim Howard has established himself as the first choice and seen-off Fabien Barthez, but Ricardo is still aiming to challenge for the number one slot once he returns.
"I am very happy here in Spain but also I was very happy in Manchester," said Ricardo.
"I have come back to Spain because I wasn't having many first team chances with the four goalkeepers and it is better for me to play a good season here and then go back to Manchester, as I need to play regular football.
"It is my dream to play in goal for Manchester United and I have one year left on my contract with them.
"I am trying to have a good season here so that I can be in good form when I return and make the most of my chance.
"I am a little disappointed by my chances last season with only five games in the first team but it is Manchester United and now I am working hard.
"I was really happy there and I feel that the fans really love me and I remember the way they applauded me after the Blackburn game.
"I like Manchester very much and my family and children were very happy there, it is good for them to experience a different culture but the lack of opportunity made me come back for the time being."
Ricardo has seen former United team-mate David Beckham in Spain, and says the England captain has settled in well to life in La Liga.
"I said when David Beckham came to Spain that the best players do not need time to adapt and David Beckham is a great player and has shown that in the games he has played so far.
"The people love him here. He is a very good person, last month when I played against Real Madrid, he waited for me at the end of the game.
"I spoke with him and he told me that he is very happy in Madrid and when I asked him how was his Spanish he said, 'muy bien' (very good)."