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The legendary former United manager snapped up a then-18-year-old Ronaldo from Sporting CP in a £12.2m deal in 2003.
Ronaldo enjoyed incredible success under Ferguson’s tutelage and lifted three Premier League titles, a Champions League, an FA Cup, two League Cups and the first of his five Ballon d'Or trophies at United.
The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar was heavily linked with a move to defending Premier League champions Manchester City this summer.
But Ronaldo, whose current Juventus deal will expire in 2022, is now tipped to make a sensational return to Old Trafford.
The Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst reports that Ferguson had spoken to the wantaway Juventus forward on Friday morning.
He added that City were the 'only club interested' in Ronaldo this morning, but United have now submitted a contract offer.
United have submitted a contract offer to Cristiano Ronaldo after he spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson this morning. #mufc— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 27, 2021
As of this morning, City were the only club interested in Ronaldo. This afternoon, City are no longer interested and it now would be a surprise if Ronaldo doesn't join United. I don't think Football Manager couldn't simulate something like this.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 27, 2021
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano also reports that Ronaldo has informed super-agent Jorge Mendes that he is ‘open’ to a United return.
According to Romano, the Red Devils have opened talks with Ronaldo and Mendes over a potential United deal that runs until June 2023.
Cristiano Ronaldo told to Jorge Mendes he’s “open to join Manchester United” for incredible comeback. Contract to be sent in the next hours - Man Utd discussing with Cristiano and Mendes deal until June 2023. 🔴🇵🇹 #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2021
Manchester City have never sent an official proposal.
Ronaldo made his final visit to Juventus’ Continassa training complex to empty out his locker and bid his farewell to his club teammates on Friday morning.
Juventus are reportedly demanding a fee believed to be between €25m and €30m for the former United and Real Madrid superstar.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the door open for Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.
“Ronaldo is a legend of the club, and the greatest player of all time, if you ask me,” he said.
“I didn’t think he’d leave Juventus. We’ve always had a good communication and I know Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him.
“He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we’re here.
“When you are [Lionel] Messi, Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba or Bruno, you have to read a lot about yourself. Let's see what happens with Cristiano, because he is a legend of this club.
“I don’t want to speculate too much on Cristiano. We focus on the ones we have here. I’ve said many times, when you’re Man United or Messi, Ronaldo you read a lot about yourself.
“I was fortunate to play with him and coach him. Everyone who has played with him has a soft spot for him.”