Sir Alex Ferguson confirms he did play a role in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson confirms he did play a part in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United… before the returning star showed a stunning two-goal against Newcastle on his return home at Old Trafford
- Ronaldo enjoyed a dream return to his old stew and scored a double
- Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard also came on the score sheet for the Red Devils
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad won 4-1 against Newcastle to lead the league
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he played a part in convincing Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford.
The legendary former Manchester United manager is said to have personally telephoned the Portuguese star to urge him to return to the Red Devils, 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid, which he did in August.
And Sir Alex revealed that he and others pulled out all the stops to ensure Ronaldo’s return home.
Sir Alex Ferguson has said he played a part in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford
The Portuguese attacker scored twice in his second debut for Manchester United on Sunday in a 4-1 win against Newcastle; Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard were also on the scoresheet
Ahead of Ronaldo’s double against Newcastle, Ferguson told Viaplay: “I’m excited, like everyone else, there was anticipation all day yesterday and woke up in the morning. I speak on behalf of all the supporters: it’s a great day for Manchester United.
“A lot of people have played their part (by bringing Ronaldo back) and I contributed in the knowledge that Cristiano really wanted to come here and that was important. It worked very well.
“I wouldn’t say it’s emotional, but it’s exciting for me and a relief because I couldn’t imagine him playing for Manchester City, I don’t think anyone could.
And Sir Alex (center) revealed that he and others were pulling out all the stops to ensure Ronaldo’s return
“So we took steps to make sure he got here and the club followed really well and I spoke to the Glazers and it was done. I think he will mainly hit the young players, he has the experience to seize the opportunity.’
Ronaldo enjoyed a dream comeback, starting the game to a raucous standing ovation from the crowd before scoring a double.
Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard were also on the scoresheet for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they passed Newcastle 4-1 to top the Premier League table.