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Why Manchester United Moved For Cristiano Ronaldo Has Been Revealed

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Why Manchester United Moved For Cristiano Ronaldo Has Been Revealed

Manchester United's move for Cristiano Ronaldo was completely based on the club not being able to stand the idea of him playing for Manchester City.

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Friday was one of the most dramatic days of the transfer window in memory, as Ronaldo looked to be headed to one side of Manchester before suddenly going the other way.

It was only Thursday night that there were rumblings that City could make the five time Ballon d'Or winner their next target upfront, after Harry Kane confirmed he'd be staying at Tottenham Hotspur.

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However, within 24 hours, everything had turned around and instead of moving to the Etihad Stadium, Ronaldo was set for a return to Old Trafford.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United only made a move for Real Madrid's all time leading goalscorer because they "could not bear the prospect of him signing for Manchester City."

The club owners, the Glazers, believed that the move would help get the fans back on side and they feared what would happen if they let a club legend move to City.

Ronaldo is already a United legend. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo is already a United legend. Image: PA Images
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The report claims that United sources said there were 'multiple offers' for the player last week but in reality it was only Pep Guardiola's side in for the player until United's intervention.

Bruno Fernandes, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Darren Fletcher were all part of the attempts to sway the 36-year-old to return to Old Trafford, 12 years after he left for Madrid.

Once the player was informed of United's two year deal to hijack their local rivals, Ronaldo's mind was instantly made up and he wanted to re-join his former club.

The club were only able to afford the forward, who was Serie A's top scorer last season, due to the business model at Old Trafford.

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United won the Champions League and became a Ballon d'Or winner at United. Image: PA Images
United won the Champions League and became a Ballon d'Or winner at United. Image: PA Images

On Sunday, the club's soon to be latest signing might have been wondering what the hell he was getting himself into as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team struggled against Wolves.

It took until late on for Mason Greenwood to score the game that handed the three points to the 13 times Premier League winners but they were on the back foot for much of the game and the goal itself was controversial.

Following the game, Roy Keane claimed the performance was so bad that they'd hope Ronaldo wasn't watching as he might change his mind on the move.

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Mason Greenwood celebrates his winner. Image: PA Images
Mason Greenwood celebrates his winner. Image: PA Images

Can Ronaldo recreate his success in his second spell in England?

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Topics: Football, Transfers, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester City, Manchester United, Premier League

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