Why I returned to Manchester United, by Ronaldo

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Ronaldo and Ferguson (file photo)

 

By Valentine Amanze

The Portuguese super star footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, has said that his love for the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was the reason for his return to Old Trafford even though he had offer from Manchester City.

Though Ferguson retired as boss of the Red Devils in 2013, four years after Ronaldo departed for Real Madrid in a then world record £80 million move, the super footballer still idolized him, while exhibiting confidence on the current United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also played under Ferguson for many years..

“For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me,” Ronaldo told the United website.

“He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person.

“I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”

During his first spell in Manchester, Ronaldo won the first of five Champions League and Ballon d’Or titles, as well as three Premier League winner’s medals, scoring 118 goals in 292 games.

The English giants have not won the Premier League since 2013 and their last Champions League triumph came when Ronaldo scored against Chelsea in the 2008 final.

Ronaldo will turn 37 in February, but he insists he could still spearhead another era of glory at Old Trafford.

“I think it’s the best decision that I have made it,” added Ronaldo on his move from Juventus.

“It’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies.”

Ronaldo is expected to make his second United debut at home to Newcastle on September 11.

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