united news 17:27 ET, Aug 27 2021Updated: 17:27 ET, Aug 27 2021CRISTIANO RONALDO is on the verge of re-signing for Manchester United after rivals City pulled out of a deal to nab the Juve forward’s signature
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed in his press conference they have been in “communication” with the former No7 and that Bruno Fernandes has been texting him.
It has also been confirmed that United HAVE had talks with Jorge Mendes over a sensational return for the 36-year-old Old Trafford icon.
Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund next summer even if they win the Bundesliga, according to reports from Germany.
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MOUNT: LUKAKU’S ALREADY PART OF THE FURNITURE
Ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku has slotted in quickly at Chelsea because he shares his new team-mates’ insatiable hunger for success.
Mason Mount is already forging an understanding with the £97.5million Belgian.
Chelsea head up to Liverpool for a pop at one of their main Premier League title rivals this evening.
And midfielder Mount says the club’s record buy is like one of the family after just two league games — both victories.
Mount said: “We are all on the same path. He never stops working hard in training, or in the gym.
“With his vision, his goals, it doesn’t take long to understand each other’s game. It doesn’t feel like a new guy’s come in.
“We know he has been here before but that was a long time ago. Even so, like us, he wants to win big things with Chelsea.
“It doesn’t just happen. We have been working on drills around the box, trying to understand each other’s movement. It hasn’t taken long.”
UTD STOCK VALUE RON THE UP
Manchester United’s stock market value rocketed by £212million today after Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational comeback.
The announcement of the star’s return this afternoon sent the share price soaring by 9.8 per cent at one point before it fell back slightly.
While the share price opened the day at $17.38 (£12.62) the news of the striker’s transfer spiked it at $19.09, (£13.87) meaning the club’s market value rose by $293m (£212m).
And although the price fell after the sudden spike, it is still up by more than 6 per cent.
The club announced an agreement with Juventus to seal the transfer, subject to personal terms, a visa, and the completion of the medical after Premier League champions Manchester City pulled out of the running on Friday.
SunSport understands United have handed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a two-year contract at the Theatre of Dream.
A medical in Lisbon was quickly planned as he flew into the Portuguese capital on his private jet.
THE SPECIAL RON
Here’s how Cristiano Ronaldo measured up in his glorious first spell at Manchester United, from 2003-9.
And surely not even the outgoing Juventus superstar, at the age of 36, will expect to come close to that Super Six-year spell.
GEORGINA JOY AT RON MOVE?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez seems happy with his Manchester United return.
United have confirmed they reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo after the star forward informed Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri that he is leaving.
The Red Devils appear to have paid a fee in the region of £21million for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, which caps a stunning summer transfer window that has seen the Manchester giants landing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.
And Rodriguez appears to be ecstatic by this development as she took to social media to express her joy.
The Spanish-Argentine model posted a story on Instagram in which she shared United’s announcement and filled it with heart emojis.
The 27-year-old then shared Ronaldo’s farewell to Juventus where he spent three years following his arrival from Real Madrid.
She captioned it with the following statement: “Thanks for all, family.”
REAL READY TO KYL TIME BEFORE MBAPPE DEAL
Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his Manchester United return in double-quick return – but the OPPOSITE seems to be the case with Kylian Mbappe’s proposed switch from PSG to Real Madrid.
The talk tonight is that Real are ready to delay a move until the NEXT transfer window after talks over a £145million deal spluttered.
Sky Sports’Kaveh Solhekol suggested the Spanish giants are “beginning to get feeling it might be better to wait until January because PSG are not being practical”.
Credit: AFP ROM SALUTED BY JOHN O’SHAME!
Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has mocked himself over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return – by posting a picture of the whizkid tearing him apart to seal his first Old Trafford move in 2003.
Ron tormented United from out wide in a friendly for Sporting Lisbon – leaving United boss Alex Ferguson and his players famously spellbound.
And O’Shea re-used the excuse that Fergie’s men were exhausted from a USA tour by posting a snap of Ron running at him, alongside the words: “Just as well I was jet-lagged”.
Recalling the match in his 2013 autobiography, Ferguson said: “John shrugged his shoulders. A look of plain bewilderment was creeping across his face.
“The other players in the dugout were saying; ‘Bloody hell, boss, he’s some player, him’.
“I told Peter (Kenyon), ‘We’re not leaving this ground until we’ve got that boy signed.’ ‘Is he that good?’ Kenyon asked.
“John O’Shea’s ended up with a migraine!” I said. “Get him signed.”
O’Shea himself has explained: “Some lads on the bench were having a good laugh, thinking that’s the last thing you need when jet-lagged — a young lad wanting to run at you time and time again, going left, going right, twisting turning, shooting every time he got within distance of the goal.
“But in a roundabout way, I take it as a compliment that the boss wanted to sign Ronaldo so quickly after the game, because of how he had performed against me that night.”
OLD TEAM-MATES ‘PERSUADED RON TO SNUB CITY’
Cristiano Ronaldo was on course to complete a sensational move to Manchester City before his old Manchester United team-mates convinced him otherwise.
The Red Devils have agreed a stunning deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from Italian champions Juventus, with a medical and visa being the only formalities remaining.
Ronaldo, 36, looked set to join City before United’s neighbours decided against getting into a bidding war with their Premier League rivals.
And according to ESPN, the Portuguese ‘was only convinced to consider a return to Old Trafford following contact from a number of former teammates.’
Former United defender Patrice Evra appeared to verify the claim by sharing a screengrab of his recent WhatsApp conversation with the Portugal international.
After receiving a voice note from the Frenchman, Ronaldo replied: “You the man. I’m gonna play in our club.”
Ronaldo broke his silence on his imminent departure from Turin on Friday afternoon, penning an emotional message to Juventus fans on Instagram.
NEV: RON WILL PLAY REGULARLY – AS NO 9
Manchester United Gary Neville told Sky Sports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return: “He’ll play regularly. He’ll play as a No9.
“He’ll play as a centre forward, I’m sure they’ll put legs in and around him, he will score goals.
“And Cristiano Ronaldo will be coming to win trophies, win personal accolades, set the Premier League on fire – it is a different Cristiano Ronaldo, everyone expected that.
“But he is a No9, he’s a centre forward, he’s someone who to be fair still has those bursts of speed over short spaces that will cause problems, he makes great runs inside the box, he has anticipation of where the ball’s going to drop.
“So in terms of what he gives to Manchester United, it just gives them something that at this moment in time they need.
“I said the other day I thought Manchester United should be in for Harry Kane if he’s available, they should be in for Haaland, these types of players.
“For Manchester United to get above Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, they’re going to have to do something big.
“And this could give them a temporary shot in the arm that would potentially get them right up there this year.”
RON SO ‘DIFFERENT’ FROM FIRST SPELL
Gary Neville has told Manchester United fans to expect a ‘different’ Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward dramatically rejoined the club.
Up until midday today, the football world was expecting Ronaldo to join United’s fierce rivals Manchester City.
But the tide turned after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conference where he opened the door for a return and confirmed that Bruno Fernandes had been speaking to his fellow countryman.
City then seemingly dropped out of the race and United were frontrunners.
Ronaldo hopped on a flight from Turin to Lisbon and within an hour of him touching down in his home country, his fairytale return to United was confirmed.
Some United fans filmed themselves burning old Ronaldo Man Utd shirts when a move to City looked inevitable.
But luckily he’ll be playing in their brand spanking new home shirt this season so they’ll have to dig deep into their pocket for a new one.
Neville, who has been calling for his former club to go big in the summer window, was over the moon with the news of Ronaldo’s return.
RON CHASING 150 UTD GOALS?
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 11 goals in 292 matches in his six-year first stint at Old Trafford.
So he will surely expect to sail past 300 appearances… but can the 36-year-old reach the 150 mark for goals?
He notched 23, 46 and then 26 in his last three seasons with United (as shown in our tables from Opta) over 155 matches in all – until joining Real Madrid in 2009.
And it would be a sensational achievement for the Portugal legend to net 32 times for Ole Gunnnar Solskjaer’s men this campaign.
JUVE A PLACE IN MY HEART
Cristiano Ronaldo penned an emotional goodbye message to Juventus ahead of his return to Manchester United.
On Friday, it was announced that United have agreed a deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from the Italian champions.
Ronaldo’s impending return to Old Trafford brings about the end of a three-year stay in Turin, which he reflected on in an Instagram statement.
Alongside a highlight video of his time at the Allianz Stadium Ronaldo wrote: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe.
“I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
“The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.
“In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.
“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”
TOON SET TO BE RON’S SECOND UTD DEBUT
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle after he completed a sensational return.
The Portuguese legend – who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009 – has re-joined United after a whirlwind 24 hours.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri only today confirmed Ronaldo wanted to leave after three years, having joined from Madrid.
And after Premier League champions City pulled out of the race, it gave United a clear sight to re-sign the club legend.
They soon made contact with the player and Juve and quickly agreed a transfer fee and personal terms.
Ronaldo, 36, with his agent Jorge Mendes flew into Lisbon where he was due to undergo a medical.
According to Sky Sports News, the forward is most likely to be given an emotional welcome back to Old Trafford on September 11.
United host Newcastle in the league, a team Ronaldo has NEVER lost to in ten matches, which includes nine wins.
VARANE JOY AT RON REUNION
New Manchester United defender Raphael Varane paraded snaps of his Real Madrid glory days with Cristiano Ronaldo as he prepares for his second spell with the legend.
Varane was with Real for the past decade – meaning seven years at the Nou Camp with Ron, who left for Juventus in 2018.
KEANE TO SEE RON BACK
Roy Keane posted a throwback Manchester United pic of himself with a curly-haired Cristiano Ronaldo as he too saluted the legend re-signing.
‘BIGGEST TRANSFER IN HISTORY’
Patrice Evra appeared to suggest he knew all along that former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo would be back at Old Trafford.
Ex-France left-back Evra posted an exchange he had with Ronaldo alongside another social media message saying: “People have to calm down sometimes!!
“Now I can post it. BIGGEST TRANSFER IN FOOTBALL HISTORY.”
HARRY HAILS RON RETURN
Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire kept it short and sweet as he applauded Cristiano Ronaldo’s return on social media.
The England centre-back posted: “Welcome home Cristiano.”
BRUNO WHO DID IT!
Mischievous Bruno Fernandes welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford with a cheeky tweet taking the credit for his Portugal team-mate’s return from Juventus.
Midfield maestro Fernandes posted: ‘Agent Bruno’? Welcome back home Cristiano.”
RED DEVILS MORE SCARY WITH RON
Jadon Sancho seems to be predicting plenty of fright nights for Manchester United’s Prem rivals now that Cristiano Ronaldo is back.
The England attacker posted an impressive montage of Ron in his 2003-09 United pomp with the words: “SCARY HOURS!”
RON 5/1 FOR GOLDEN BOOT
Manchester United’s returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo has been named 5/1 fourth favourite to win the Golden Boot as this season’s top Premier league scorer.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “CR7 is back for one last dance, and it’ll come as no surprise to see him priced so short for this year’s Golden Boot in the Prem.”
OLE’S PROPHETIC WORDS EARLIER TODAY
Here’s how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave a less than subtle hint today he was determined to clinch the resigning of Cristiano Ronaldo – which United confirmed at around 5pm.
He stated: “I didn’t think Cristiano was going to leave Juventus. But if ever he is going to move away from Juventus he knows we are here.
“We’ve always had a good communication, Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. He knows how we feel about him.
“He is a legend of this club, the greatest players of all time if you ask me. So let’s see what happens with him.”
I’M SOL HAPPY YOU’RE BACK
Just hours after labelling Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest player in history, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned back time to sign his former Manchester United team-mate.
Premier League champions and neighbours Manchester City pulled out of the running for the Juventus frontman earlier this afternoon.
Credit: AFP And instead the 36-year-old will again step out at Old Trafford, where he burst into the world elite from 2003-09.
CRISTIANO’S £25m A YEAR UTD DEAL
Legend Cristiano Ronaldo’s mega-money wages for his Manchester United return have already been revealed.
The Juventus superstar will pick up £25MILLION A YEAR – which works out at £480k a week plus add-ons.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano laid the figures bare.
FANS’ MIXED REACTION TO ‘KING RON’ RETURN
Amazement seems the main instant reaction on social media to Cristiano Ronaldo rejoining Manchester United.
One supporter tweeted “the king is back” and another claimed his return will inspire United to title glory.
But others suggested United don’t need the 36-year-old.
Here’s a quick snapshot of opinions:
DANCING IN THE STREETS?
Here’s how Sky Sports announced the Red Devils recapturing Ronaldo.
UTD ‘DELIGHT’ AT RON RETURN
Manchester United jave just confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return from Juventus – “subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical”.
Here’s the club’s statement:
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.”