The Role Sir Alex Played In Ronaldo’s Return To Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo receives the World Footballer of the Year Award from Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was pivotal in getting Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United.

Manchester United’s reacquisition of Ronaldo has truly been the stuff of dreams. What appears to have caught fans off-guard, in particular, is that the transfer saga of the Portuguese superstar lasted less than half a day, which is barely the blink of an eye given the long drawn-out ordeals that Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, and Jadon Sancho’s recent arrivals were preceded by.

However, Ronaldo to United is official and now fans will be eagerly waiting for first signs of their prodigal forward at Old Trafford, most likely after the international break ends and the Theatre of Dreams hosts Newcastle United on September 11.

Until then, the crucial thing is how this quick transfer came about. In this regard, as with many things at United, Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the names to thank.

As per the Athletic, Ferguson was one of the key figures who called up the former Juventus and Real Madrid man and convinced him that the red half of Manchester was the better choice rather than the purported deal to the Etihad.

The source claims that Ferguson was also vital in phoning Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes as well as key members of United’s board and ensuring that all parties were doing their best in seeing that the transfer would go through.

Along the same lines, Rio Ferdinand is another former player who is understood to have phoned the former Real Madrid star and provided insight as to how a move to City could damage CR7’s elite status at Old Trafford.

In the crux of all of this, it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is believed to have seen the larger impact of losing Ronaldo to Pep Guardiola and company.