Cristiano Ronaldo was only signed by Manchester United’s transfer boss John Murtough “because of Man City.”
On Friday, Manchester United moved quickly to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
According to reports, Manchester United director John Murtough had no plans to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo before Manchester City’s interest in the 36-year-old made evident last week. The Red Devils have reached an agreement with Juventus to sign Ronaldo before the transfer deadline on Tuesday evening.
The mercurial forward is likely to sign a two-year contract with United after passing a medical in Portugal earlier this week.
His forthcoming signing is expected to provide the club with a proven striker to help Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood shoulder the attacking load this season.
With Daniel James reportedly in talks for a permanent move to Leeds United, Ronaldo might be used in the wide role he played during his first tenure at Old Trafford.
Despite the fact that Ronaldo has given United an instant boost in their quest for the Premier League title this season, Murtough had not considered a move until lately.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils only acted because they couldn’t stomach the notion of Ronaldo playing for City.
Pep Guardiola’s side looked into signing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner before abandoning their pursuit on Friday, leaving their cross-city rivals to swoop.
According to the source, United were initially pleased with their attacking options, which included Cavani’s one-year contract and long-term goal Jadon Sancho’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer.
Murtough and the club’s management, on the other hand, moved quickly on Friday to stop City from inviting Ronaldo to the Etihad Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes, Patrice Evra, and Rio Ferdinand were among the present and past United players who contacted the Portugal star in an attempt to sway the deal in their favor.
Ronaldo also spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson, with Ferdinand alleging that his former boss was instrumental in persuading Ronaldo to rejoin.
“Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano have a bond,” the former United defender told FIVE.
“Very few players have that opportunity with a manager during their career. Sir Alex played a crucial role.
“There was no way Cristiano was coming to Manchester United without first chatting with Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s as simple as that.”
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