A 20-second call from the former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson helped Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester City to return to Manchester United in the summer.
Towards the end of the transfer window, Man City were expected to sign Ronaldo on a £ 25m deal and held talks with both Juventus and Ronaldo’s agent in the hope that they would do so, but United quickly stepped in and sent the rest of the world back. to Old Trafford.
The idea of Ronaldo joining City has always been controversial given his past stint with United, and according to the Daily Star, Ferguson was so opposed to the move that he called Ronaldo to urge him not to go to the Etihad.
In a 20-second interview, Ferguson simply told Ronaldo: “Don’t join Man City.
Scot hung up immediately, and a few days later, Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford after United made a deal with Juventus.
Ronaldo will get a closer look at what he refused this weekend as City takes a short trip through Manchester to face United who are desperate for another victory statement to keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at work.
After a 5-0 loss to Liverpool, Manchester United came back on top, beating poor Spurs 3-0 before scoring Ronaldo’s two goals in a 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League.
Ronaldo has been in the habit of scoring those big goals this season. He has won nine of all competitions so far, 4 of which have been tied for 7 points in the United UEFA Champions League so far.
Inside, his strike against Spurs ended the run of four consecutive games without a goal and he will hope to find himself again on the points sheet here, with United able to move up points with Pep Guardiola’s side with a win.