Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he convinced Cristiano Ronaldo to refuse to move to Manchester City and return to Old Trafford.
The Portugal captain capped an emotional second start for Manchester United by scoring twice in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
Despite being 36, ‘CR7’ went from a fanciful winger to a deadly striker during his 12-year hiatus away from England.
Real Madrid and Juventus’ spells have resulted in goals and trophies galore, but a return to Manchester seemed on the cards in the final weeks of the transfer window.
However, it was Pep Guardiola and the Citizens who reportedly led the chase as they sought a natural striker to replace Sergio Aguero after his contract expired.
The news clearly angered Ferguson, who immediately contacted the veteran hitman to make sure he would wear red rather than blue.
Asked by Viaplay how involved he was in the deal, Sir Alex said: “A lot of people played their part and I contributed knowing that, really, Cristiano wanted to come here. It was important.
“It worked really well. “
He added: “It is certainly [a moment] full of enthusiasm and also [a sense of] relief. Much relief because I couldn’t imagine him playing for Manchester City, I think no one could.
“That’s why we had to take steps to make sure he comes here. The club then followed very well, spoke to the Glazers, and it was done.