united news 12:10, 28 Aug 2021Updated: 12:10, 28 Aug 2021CRISTIANO RONALDO has rejoined 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 play 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.
PSG are keen to sign the Norwegian now, but the club’s poor relationship with Dortmund and his desire to stay in Germany this season are set to derail the move.
And that would put United in pole position to complete the transfer over the coming year.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not be finished in the transfer market, with AS reporting a late return for Kieran Trippier is a distinct possibility.
Arsenal are also keen on the Atletico Madrid player, however, it’s Manchester United who are ‘above all’ leading the chase.
The Spanish newspaper talks of a ‘final rush’ from the Premier League for their players, with Trippier and Saul Niguez mentioned.
Regarding the defender, Manchester United are said to be considering a late offer, but Atletico are determined to keep their player or sell him for an above market price.
That would be £34million, and it remains to be seen whether the English club will try and test the resolve of Los Rojiblancos.
Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has hailed the Old Trafford club’s hierarchy for agreeing a deal with Juventus to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ferdinand said on his FIVE Youtube channel: “One thing I have to say is that the Man United hierarchy, when they needed to move there was no looking back. They performed, I must say, perfectly at every step, every point.
“There was no looking over their shoulder, there was no hesitancy about it.
“When someone like Ronaldo comes on the scene and there is an opportunity for him to come to a football club and continue his legacy at this football club, if Man United had let that slip through their fingers, and for him to have gone across the city to the other side, you would have had to have had security 24/7 around the clock at the stadium, let alone the houses of some of the people involved in that.
“Listen, there has been a lot of criticism that has been pointed at different people in the hierarchy at Manchester United at whatever period of time it is.”
‘GOOD NEWS’ SAYS CARLO
Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United is capturing everyone’s attention, including former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Real Madrid manager expressed his happiness for CR7 and United, and his counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He said: “It’s good news as Ronaldo returns to a team he loves a lot and did very well for a long time. I’ve a good relationship with their manager, like the club.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s £480k-a-week wages at Man United make him the best paid Premier League star by nearly £100,000… but he still earns LESS than Lionel Messi and Neymar at PSG!
The 36-year-old sealed a dramatic move back to United on Friday after he looked set to join rivals Manchester City just hours before.
The move will see him return to the Red Devils 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid and he now looks set to become the highest paid player in the top flight, overtaking the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and David de Gea.
Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne had been on the highest base salary in the Premier League, with the Belgian pocketing an eye-watering £385,000 while United keeper de Gea is on just £10,000 less than him per week.
‘WELCOME TO MANCHESTER’
An advert with the famous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ phrase has appeared in Manchester Piccadilly train station in the city centre — but this time with Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a goal and a red background.
The billboard, which will be in place for a week, is the work of SportBible, who have marked Ronaldo’s sensational move with a chance to wind up City fans.
It is also revenge against City after they unveiled a poster to welcome Carlos Tevez to the club following his infamous switch across the city.
The billboard is set to be put up next week.
‘ICING ON THE CAKE’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United will provide extra belief within their squad they can win the Premier League but Manchester City remain the favourites, says Mark Bosnich.
He told Sky Sports: “I do think they were contenders at the start of the season…now Ronaldo is the icing on the cake.
“I still believe Manchester City are favourites but the odds are closing and closing rapidly.
“At Juventus he scored 101 goals in 134 appearances and that was in Serie A. They won the league twice the Italian Cup and the Super Cup as well.
The ultimate aim is to become true title contenders and I believe this signing will make them that.”
CAN’T CALL SAUL
Manchester United have been handed another transfer boost, with target Saul Niguez reportedly unwilling to move to Chelsea.
The Spanish midfielder is thought to be reluctant to moving to Stamford Bridge because Thomas Tuchel can’t guarantee game time.
According to 90min, Chelsea were on the verge of agreeing a deal with Atletico before the 26-year-old rejected the Blues.
Saul is said to have wanted guarantees over his playing time with Tuchel already having several top midfielders at his disposal.
AM GUNNAR GO
Amad Diallo will leave Manchester United on loan for the season after Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
Reports last week suggested Atalanta want to take the teenager back on a temporary basis, and Sheffield United have also emerged as surprise candidates for his signature.
But Solskjaer refused to confirm the location until the deal has been rubber-stamped.
Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Wolves on Sunday, the Norwegian told MUTV: “Yes I do [expect him to go out on loan]. It’s not 100 per cent signed but we’ve agreed.
“I don’t have to say which team it is yet, but we’ve found a place that Amad feels excited about and we feel excited about.”
The Red Devils are yet to confirm what kit CR7 will take during his second spell at Old Trafford.
United’s statement said that “everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester” but refused to reveal his shirt number.
Ronaldo wore the famous No.7 shirt during his first stint at the club, the same number worn by the likes of George Best and Eric Cantona.
Edinson Cavani currently occupies the club’s historic number.
The veteran striker even reportedly refused to give the No.7 to Jadon Sancho upon his arrival, with the winger settling for the No.25 instead.
Yet the only way Ronaldo can reclaim the shirt is if the Premier League grants special dispensation to allow the switch or Cavani leaves.
DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME
Erling Haaland sent a loud transfer message to Manchester United on Friday night, hours after the club agreed a deal to sign Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Man United could target Haaland next summer, but how Ronaldo fares on his Old Trafford return will likely act as a factor.
Borussia Dortmund defeated Hoffenheim 3-2 in a Bundesliga classic at Signal Iduna Park on Friday.
The hosts went ahead twice, only for Hoffenheim to respond both times, but Haaland ensured he had the last laugh.
In the dying moments of the match Haaland fired the ball home after a game of pinball in the Hoffenheim area to send the home stands into raptures and secure three points.
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has doubted the impact Cristiano Ronaldo will have at Manchester United the second time around.
He told talkSPORT: “Every successful team has players where everyone is working to get the ball back.
The top teams don’t have any passengers and if you’re taking Ronaldo at this time, he ain’t going to give you the hard yards.
“I have got a doubt about it. Juventus took him to win the Champions League, but he’s not going to be the difference in the big games.
“He’ll score goals, he will, because he’s got a brain and he’s been so athletic throughout his career.
“But in the bigger games against the better centre-halves… imagine putting him against Virgil van Dijk.”
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.