How Sir Alex Ferguson convinced Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Man Utd

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A 20-second phone call from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson helped convince Cristiano Ronaldo to reject Manchester City in favor of a return to Manchester United this summer.

Towards the end of the window, City were expected to land Ronaldo in a £ 25m deal and had talks with both Juventus and Ronaldo’s agent in hopes of getting it done, but United broke in and sent shockwaves around the world by taking him back to Old Trafford.

The idea that Ronaldo would go to City was always controversial given his past with United, and according to the Daily Star, Ferguson was so opposed to the move that he personally called Ronaldo to urge him not to go to the Etihad.

In a conversation that lasted only 20 seconds, Ferguson simply said to Ronaldo: “Do not go with City.”

The shots put on shortly after that, and just a few days later Ronaldo was on his way back to Old Trafford after United reached an agreement with Juventus.

Ronaldo will get a close-up of what he turned down this weekend when City make the short trip over Manchester to face a United team that is desperate for another statement victory to keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a job.

After the 5-0 loss against Liverpool, United have recovered pretty well and beat a bad Spurs team 3-0 before two goals from Ronaldo saved a 2-2 draw against Atalanta in the Champions League.

Ronaldo has been in the habit of scoring those big goals this season. He has taken nine in all competitions so far, four of which have been directly responsible for United’s seven Champions League points so far.

At home, his strike against Spurs ended a series of four straight games without a goal and he hopes to find himself on the goal record again here, with United able to move the level of points with Pep Guardiola’s team with a win.

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