I’m sure the question will be asked between now and the end of the transfer market. ‘Could Cristiano Ronaldo return to Manchester United?’ Like before, the answer will be no.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a revamped team improving on the pitch. There’s still a lot of work to do in order to challenge for the Premier League title and it appears we’ve moved on from dreaming of a Ronaldo return.
You could say Solskjaer has bigger fish to fry.
I hope this summer we make the right additions to push Man City closer. It’s been a long time coming which isn’t Solskjaer’s fault.
La Repubblica journalist Emanuele Gamba spoke to Calciomercato.it (H/t Sport Witness) about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus following their Champions League knockout at the hands of FC Porto on Tuesday night.
The journalist said: “Will he leave? I think the only time there was a chance for that was last summer, and I think his staff moved in that direction. I believe Mendes moved to see if there were any possibilities and did not find them. I doubt that a year later, with an even older and more out of fashion Ronaldo, these possibilities will reappear.
“Essentially, Mendes had urged Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, who both said no. Frankly, I don’t see the possibility of anything different happening now, at least in Europe.”
Could this see Ronaldo move to America? Maybe to David Beckham’s MLS franchise Inter Miami being a possibility.
Ronaldo is still capable of scoring goals in the top European leagues, but I think long-term United are better doing their own thing.
The romantic story can wait another day. Solskjaer may have a coaching role for Ronaldo when he retires.