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united news 18:59, 27 Aug 2021Updated: 18:59, 27 Aug 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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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.”

UTD SIGN RONALDO

BREAKING NEWS: Manchester United have confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo’s return.

DALOT DORTMUND DEAL NOW UNLIKELY

Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot’s loan move to Borussia Dortmund now seems off.

United only want to let him go if the Germans have an obligation to later buy him

Credit: Getty RON DEAL ‘IMMINENT’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock return to Manchester United is reportedly about to be announced any minute.

We’ll have all the details – just hours after neighbours City pulled out of the running for the Juventus superstar.

Credit: Reuters RONAL-GO

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of a sensational return to Manchester United.

The 36-year-old was available at 20/1 to rejoin the Red Devils last week and 6/1 on Friday morning. But those odds have now plummeted to 1/12 after some frenetic activity in the betting market.

City were considered frontrunners for his signature after missing out on Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.

But reports suggest the Premier League champions are now completely out of the running at odds of 33/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo next club – Sky Bet odds

Manchester United – 1/12 – Was 20/1

Paris Saint-Germain – 18/1

Juventus – 22/1

Manchester City – 33/1

HOME RON – LATEST

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of a shock return to Manchester United after a £21.4million bid was launched for the Juventus star.

Premier League champions Manchester City have pulled out of the running despite being tipped to sign the wantaway striker.

The Athletic state that Ronaldo‘s camp are in advanced talks with United over a deal, with a two-year contract mooted. Goal say it’s a done deal.

A medical in Lisbon is planned, as reported by the Mail.

And Sir Alex Ferguson has even thrown his weight behind the deal by contacting the player personally on Friday morning, according to MEN.

The forward, 36, said his goodbyes to his Juventus colleagues after informing coach Massimiliano Allegri of his decision to leave.

Allegri confirmed to reporters: “Yesterday Cristiano told me that he has no intention of continuing at Juventus. I am absolutely not disappointed. He has made his choice.”

Credit: Getty ‘DONE DEAL’

Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United is reportedly a done deal!

That is according to Goal’s Juventus correspondent Romeo Agresti.

Man City pulled out earlier today and a Red Devils return has now reportedly been sealed for the 36-year-old.

“My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines. It’s in the Museum at the Bernabeu Stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club.

“And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for ‘merengue afición’, an affection and respect that I retain to this day, and that I will always cherish.

“I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.

“As well as this most recent episode in Spain, there have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth.

“I’m breaking my silence now to say that I can’t allow people to keep playing around with my name.

“I remain focused on my career and in my work, committed and prepared for all the challenges that I have to face. Everything else? Everything else is just talk.”

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