united news 10:10, 28 Aug 2021Updated: 10:10, 28 Aug 2021CRISTIANO RONALDO has re-signed for Manchester United after rivals City pulled out of a deal to nab the Juventus forward’s signature
And a loophole in the Premier League rules means Ronaldo could yet wear his famous number 7 shirt, provided Edinson Cavani does not appear in it first.
The Uruguayan is set to do battle with fellow veteran Ronaldo for a starting berth but has no intention of leaving, according to reports.
Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund next summer even if they win the Bundesliga, according to reports from Germany.
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READY FOR MORE BISS-NESS
Manchester United are not giving up on their hopes of signing Yves Bissouma from Brighton this summer.
According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Brighton are demanding a fee in the region of £30m for their star midfielder.
They could be rivalled by Arsenal and Liverpool for the midfielder however, and are running out of time to get a deal done.
THE KEY MEN IN RONALDO DEAL
Ed Woodward is said to have operated swiftly to secure one of his four historic ‘fantasy signings’ after a message from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Manchester United executive used the positive relationship he forged with Juventus counterpart Andrea Agnelli to help negotiate the deal.
Jorge Mendes was also typically key, with Miguel Delaney of The Independent reporting that ‘some in Italy believe that Mendes has basically just “created a market”, as well as a sense of urgency’ by using Manchester City’s interest to coax out United.
He quotes a source as saying the deal is “a gift from the Glazers to the fans,” a claim which is corroborated by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News:
He wrote: “The attraction for United’s owners, the Glazer family, was Ronaldo would be the seismic signing to get supporters back onside amid mounting dissatisfaction with the state of the squad. The Super League treachery also still rankled for fans.”
CAV IT, MATE
Rio Ferdinand thinks Edinson Cavani might give Cristiano Ronaldo the famous No7 shirt at Manchester United.
Speaking on his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “Just to think Cavani could be the back-up for Ronaldo, it’s unbelievable.
“Cavani, I have to say, what a man! He saw who was coming to town and gave up the No7 shirt.”
Man Utd announced Ronaldo is set to rejoin the club in the coming days after telling Juventus he wanted to leave Turin.
Ferdinand quickly backtracked on his comments, adding: “Maybe? I don’t know! Does he do that or not?
“At the end of the day you know what the problem might be is that the shirts have been registered, maybe.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has become Manchester United’s highest earner after making a £21million move from Juventus.
The Portuguese superstar will rake in a staggering £480,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
David De Gea drops to second on the list but his £375k weekly salary is likely to make that pill a little easier to swallow. Before this summer, Paul Pogba was behind De Gea on £290k-a-week.
But Ronaldo’s fellow new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – who are expected to start against Wolves on Sunday – now occupy third and fourth spot.
They earn £350k and £340k-a-week respectively having joined from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Ronaldo wanted £510k-a-week to join Man City but has taken less to link up with his old club United. The former Sporting Lisbon ace has signed a two-year deal.
One Manchester United fan could not resist busting out Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic celebration on TV after the Portuguese re-joined the Red Devils.
The 36-year-old’s ‘Siuu’ celebration has become synonymous with the ex-Juventus superstar and fans across the world have been mimicking it for years.
And after United paid £21million to re-sign one of the greatest players of all time, the temptation to do it front of the nation proved too much for one Reds supporter to resist.
A Sky Sports News reporter was updating viewers on the transfer during a piece to camera outside Old Trafford on Friday afternoon. A man dressed in a white T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms creeps into the edge of the shot, beams and raises his arms into the air.
And as the reporter continues to talk, the jubilant fan starts laying down some ‘Siuuus’. He leaps into the air and thrusts his arms down to his side.
The man repeats the move twice more before giving a cheeky grin to the camera as United fans around the world rejoiced thanks to Ronnie’s return.
EDS HAVE GONE
Edinson Cavani is staying at Manchester United despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning return.
That is according to his brother and agent Walter Guglielmone who has reportedly rubbished suggestions the Uruguayan will leave Old Trafford.
Cavani only signed a one-year extension in May. He got a £50,000-a-week pay hike which now sees him pocket £250k-a-week. But the 34-year-old is likely to see far less game time with Ronnie to compete with.
And it didn’t take long for exit rumours to emerge after 36-year-old Ronaldo’s arrival from Juventus – only this time it was Brazilian club Corinthians linked.
South American journalist Andre Hernan tweeted: “Walter Guglielmone, brother of Cavani, assured me that no one from Corinthians or intermediaries sought him out for anything.
“He reiterates that Cavani still has one year of contract in England.”
Credit: Getty MORNING UNITED FANS
Rewind 24 hours and be honest… how many of you thought Cristiano Ronaldo would return to Manchester United AND by Friday night?
United became the noisy neighbours as they shouted loudest at the last minute in the hunt for the Juventus superstar, brushing aside the interest of Prem champs City.
The frontman Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar solskjaer rates as the ‘greatest player of all time’ will not of course feature when unbeaten United vist point-less Wolves tomorrow afternoon.
But if Ron’s medical, visa and personal terms are all sorted smoothly he could make his second United debut at home to Newcastle on September 11, a dozen years since ending his glorious first spell of 2003-09.
Old Trafford legend Gary Neville has already warned fans – or informed them, depending how you look at it – that 36-year-old CR7 will be ‘very different’ from the reaching-his-peak Ron of a dozen years ago.
But ex-Real Madrid hero Ronaldo has been installed as 5/1 fourth favourite for the Golden Boot as he adds to Solskjaer’s array of flexible, fluid options across his front-line.
He has accepted a £25million-a-year deal – £480k-a-week plus add-ons.
And United players lapped up Ron’s return on social media.
The highlights included Jadon Sancho labelling the signing ‘SCARY’ and Ronaldo’s Portugal team-mate Bruno Fernandes joking he was the secret agent who got the deal done.
But the final word goes to sharp-dealing Solskjaer.
Just hours before United confirmed the move, he said: “I didn’t think Cristiano was going to leave Juventus.
“But if ever he is going to move he knows we are here. He knows how we feel about him.”
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!”