Ferguson reveals his role in Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd from Juventus

by | Sep 13, 2021 23:20

Former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he ‘spoke’ to the owners and ‘contributed’ knowing that Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to return.

The former Juventus striker re-joined United towards the end of the transfer market and scored a brace in the comeback in a 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Italian media claimed Ronaldo wanted to leave all summer and the wish seemed to get stronger and stronger towards the end of the market, when the Portuguese talisman flirted with a move to United’s local rivals Manchester City.

Ferguson admitted he ‘couldn’t imagine’ his former pupil join the arch rivals at the Etihad Stadium and acted to make sure he returned to Old Trafford instead.

“The anticipation all day, waking up this morning, it’s a great day for United,” Ferguson told Viaplay ahead of the Portugal captain’s return to Old Trafford.

“A lot of people played their part. I contributed knowing that Cristiano wanted to come here. And that was important. It worked very well.

“I wouldn’t say it’s emotional but it’s certainly exciting and also, relief. A lot of relief. I couldn’t imagine him playing for City.

“That’s why we took steps to ensure he came here. The club followed him very well, I spoke to the Glazers and it was done.”

Ronaldo left Juventus after scoring 101 goals with the Bianconeri and revealed Sir Alex Ferguson is ‘like a father in football’ for him during his first interview since returning to Manchester.

The Golden Boot winner at EURO 2020 this summer has continued to break records this summer and the great start at Manchester United, coupled with a Juventus defeat against Napoli, has triggered some sections of the fans at the Allianz Stadium.

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4 Comments

  1. MARCO

    The year is 2037, FI headline “Ronaldo left a pair of dirty underwear in Turin prior leaving.”

  2. KeIth

    He was still considering City, pathetic that they took him to stop them from having him ! And then claim “ he is home” and cue the kissing the badge crap. He really does not care, it’s all about the money people.

  3. FABIO PARATICI

    ofc money is always part of football. is possible messi move to psg not because money? if messi dont care about money he stay at barcelona or play for napoli .
    what matter in the end he choose united instead city so stop salty dude

  4. Gio

    It’s not all about the money, really. CR7 was making top dollar at Juve and if it was about money he would have stayed and just phoned in performances until retirement.

    The fact is that he saw our club’s management in disarray, a confused transfer strategy, and a team filled with players that were unlike minded in a superior drive to win, and to win completely. Not draws, not by a hair and a single goal.

    It’s actually telling about the club that he was in a frenzy to leave a whole year ahead of contract and basically to any club that would take him.

    As a Juve fan I see that, and the fact is – whatever you think of his ego and attitude – he gave 1000% every game and more than delivered on his end.

    Some of the disappointment is down to the club’s mismanaging, and a good portion is down to bad luck with having this pandemic that hammered a club’s finances who were already taking on way over their head when they signed him.

    As a Juve fan I have no regrets. Without CR7s goals last season we would have finished 7th place at best. He’s the past now, like any other who has left – but I’m not re-writing facts or history to make myself feel better about it.

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