With Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United celebrates the return of the prodigal son

He is “back at home”, enthuses the Manchester Evening Post.

After a week full of twists and turns, the local daily celebrates, on its cover dated August 28, the very likely transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United. The club announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement with Juventus Turin, where the Portuguese striker has played since 2018. His transfer should take place after a medical examination and the signing of a definitive agreement.

With Ronaldo, it’s almost a native of the country who returns to Manchester, where between 2003 and 2009 he won three Premier League titles and a Champions League under the colors of the Red Devils. “He might regret selling his house in Alderley Edge. [un village proche de Manchester] early 2019 ”, have fun everyday in one of the seven pages that he devotes to the transfer.

The announcement of this return to Manchester United is all the more event in the city that, “Until this morning, Ronaldo seemed well on his way to signing in Manchester – but in Manchester City”, the newspaper’s website pointed out just after the agreement was announced.

According to much of the press, it is to the former United coach, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, that we owe this coup. Remained close to Ronaldo, he would have played the intermediary between the star with the five Golden Balls and his former club.

But for journalist Stuart Brennan, who covers Manchester City news for the Manchester Evening News, the Ronaldo hypothesis was far from certain for the leaders of this club. If they considered it “as a possibility ”, they were apparently not yet decided to take the plunge. According to Brennan, it was Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes who ably “Diversion” stirring up these rumors in order to “Push United to make an offer”.

With Cristiano Ronaldo – who remains on three Champions League failures with Juventus – Manchester United are considered one of the favorites for the European title, along with City and the PSG.

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