Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he play a part in Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United.
The 36-year-old scored twice on his second debut for the club, bagging the opening goal to break the deadlock against Newcastle before netting what proved to be the winner in an eventual 4-1 win at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo’s return has generated incredible buzz and excitement around the club, with many still processing the return of a player who left to join Real Madrid in 2009 before establishing himself as one of the greatest players of all time.
Once it became clear that Ronaldo’s three-year spell at Juventus was coming to an end, noisy neighbours City were tipped to swoop in and take the leading goalscorer in the history of men’s international football to the Etihad.
But Sir Alex, coupled with Ronaldo’s love for United, ensured that wouldn’t happen, and he’s revealed the part he played in ensuring a return to the Red Devils was completed.
“I’m excited like everyone else, there was anticipation all day yesterday and waking up in the morning. I speak for all supporters – it’s a great day for Manchester United,” Sir Alex told Viaplay.
“A lot of people played their part (in bringing Ronaldo back) and I contributed knowing that really Cristiano 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 relief because I couldn’t imagine him playing for Man City, I don’t think anyone could.
“That’s why we took steps to make sure he came here and the club then followed in very well and I spoke to the Glazers and it was done. I think he will make an impact on the young players in particular, he’s got the experience to handle the occasion.”
Many expected to Ronaldo to make the kind of impact he did against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, but the Portuguese claimed that he was a little surprised by his performance – also admitting he was ‘proud’ of what he did for the fans.
“I didn’t expect to score two goals,” Ronaldo said. “I expect one but not two. I have to appreciate the fans and what they did to me today. I feel so proud for that.
“The most important thing was to win and to win games.Manchester [United]needs to be where they deserve. It is to win, to build the team and build the club and the mentality.