Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo have reportedly held talks about a comeback to Old Trafford. So, Portuguese superstar Ronaldo may return to Manchester United for at least two years.
Ronaldo has had an impressive season for Juventus, in which he scored 25 times across 29 Italian Serie A games.
The club’s failure to advance to the latter stages of the Champions League will have them scrambling for resources next season.
So, the Italian champions will try to make some money off Ronaldo. They may sell the superstar, before his contract expires at the end of next season and he’s a free agent.
Ronaldo May Return to Manchester United?
Last week, Ronaldo himself tried to find a way out. He reportedly asked his agent to inquire whether United may be interested in a reunion.
Italian website Tuttomercatoweb have now reported that talks between the player and the club have already begun.
Ronaldo and United Reunited
Ronaldo is a United legend because, before transferring to Real Madrid, he played at Old Trafford from 2003 to 2009. He won three consecutive Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League with them.
In a recent Q&A with United fans recently, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he would love to see Ronaldo back at the club.
Solskjaer Wants Ronaldo Back
Solskjaer is Ronaldo’s former United team-mate and currently the Manchester United manager.
He has always maintained he would love to see the star return to his former club.
“There are a few players I’ve played with that I’d love to have in my team, of course,” said Solskjaer.
“I’d love the player Roy Keane, I’m not sure if I could manage him though!” he specified. “I’d sign him every day of the week, Roy was so influential.”
“But then again, I played with Cristiano and he’s been the best player in the world alongside [Lionel] Messi for the past 10 to 15 years now, so Cristiano,” he went on to say.
“You’d take him in your team, for sure,” he added, blatantly implying that Ronaldo was very welcome to return.
Solskjaer’s Squad Policy
Still, there are doubts whether a returned Ronaldo would complement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s methods and his squad or not.
The Norwegian coach, himself having played for United under Sir Alex Ferguson, honourably upheld the club’s traditions as manager now.
One of these traditions is an acute focus on recruiting young players and moulding them into legends.
Solskjaer too, tries to give youth a chance to thrive and develop in the first team.
Be it Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood, young players and teenage stars are often in the limelight at United.
In the light of this emphasis on youth, 36-year-old Ronaldo, who will surely demand starting roles, might not be a good fit.