Cristiano Ronaldo completes stunning Manchester United return


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Dimitar Berbatov: Ronaldo transfer makes Man United title challengers this season

Football365 31 August, 2021 - 06:36am

Date published: Tuesday 31st August 2021 12:36 - Ben Stewart

Manchester United have officially announced Cristiano Ronaldo as a United player after he completed his medical in Lisbon – and Dimitar Berbatov thinks that he could make all the difference in the title race this year.

“It’s also not only fantastic news that he’s coming back to United but coming back to the Premier League – everyone in English football is going to be excited,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“To be honest, United should be targeting the title every year anyway. They should always be in the hunt, but now it seems everybody is satisfied with the transfers they have made and it’s even more credible that United could be up there and challenging for the title.”

United were quick to move in on Ronaldo after the Portuguese superstar was linked with a move to Manchester City and Berbatov has compared the situation to his own transfer saga when joining Old Trafford.

“What has happened in the last couple of days reminds me of my own situation when I was singing for United. City were talking with my agent and trying to get me to sign, but I was clear – No I’m going to United – was my response.

“I was going to be disappointed if he went to City of course, I was going to watch him and would still have liked to see him scoring goals, but now that he will be scoring goals for United it’s a whole different ball game.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he chose United in the end. We are all human and we are nostalgic so when he saw there was an opportunity to go back to where it started that would have been hugely tempting.”

“I think Greenwood is in a good position right now, he’s the future of the team for sure and he’s someone who could definitely be given more playing time because for me he’s a natural finisher. He can only get better as long as he plays and I don’t think his place is in question.

“Of course when you are 36 you are more mature and you know that the team comes first and maybe sometimes you will sit on the bench or come on as a sub. Ronaldo would probably like to play every game but he knows that sometimes he will need to sacrifice himself for the team.

“I actually think Martial is going to have a big question mark over his head and I’m probably more concerned about that.”

“It’s shaping up to be one hell of a team for United this season. But even with Ronaldo, one of the best ever, coming back to the club let’s not jump ahead of ourselves.

“Let’s walk before we run because City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all great teams and they are going to have even more respect for United with Ronaldo there.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United

Al Jazeera English 31 August, 2021 - 05:45am

The Premier League club had announced last week they had agreed on a deal with the Italian giants to bring the 36-year-old striker back to Manchester. The transfer was complete on Tuesday after Ronaldo passed a medical exam, secured a visa and agreed on personal terms.

A fee of 15 million euros ($17.75m) will be paid to Juventus over five years. That could be increased by 8 million euros ($9.5m) depending on “specific performance objectives” Ronaldo achieves.

“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said in a statement.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

Ronaldo is set to join up with the squad after the international break and could make his first start on September 11 when they host Newcastle United.

🏡 @Cristiano is back!#MUFC | #RonaldoReturns

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 31, 2021

A title winner with Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo won the Premier League three times with United but the club has not won the title since 2013.

“You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player but also a great human being,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person.”

United goalkeeper David de Gea said it would be a “dream” to have Ronaldo back at the club. Former captain Roy Keane described him as a “born winner”.

Ronaldo spent six seasons at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, where he won the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best player in 2008 alongside his team accolades, before sealing a then-world record 80 million pounds ($110.24m) move to Real Madrid.

During his first spell in Manchester, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2007-2008 season, the year he helped United claim their last Champions League title.

Ronaldo, 36, was first crowned world player of the year during his time at United between 2003 and 2009.

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