WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

25/05/2011 10:00

Papers: Ronaldo return?

Fergie: I'd welcome Ron back
Alex Ferguson has opened the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to make a sensational Old Trafford return.
Fergie has confided in close friend and Italian World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi that Ronaldo would be welcome back at Manchester United. Ronaldo forced through an £80million transfer from United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. But Lippi said: "Sir Alex told me he would take Ronaldo back tomorrow. We both think he is an extraordinary striker who can start on either wing, or as the sole striker and perform brilliantly. But the truly remarkable thing about Cristiano is that he ALWAYS scores." Ronaldo has enjoyed a great season breaking the all-time La Liga record with 40 goals. He hit 51 in all, a Real record. But his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has been strained and he admits he misses Ferguson and life at Old Trafford.
Neil Custis, The Sun

However, several newspapers carry quotes from Barcelona's stars saying United are a better team without Ronaldo. David Villa states: "Ronaldo's departure has liberated them. Many great players come and go and that has allowed them to remain at the top for so long." The Telegraph report Dani Alves as insisting: "This Manchester United team is much more unpredictable without Ronaldo. They have formed a more balanced group and they are stronger than they were two years ago."

The Daily Mail claim United have beaten Liverpool to the £15million capture of Aston Villa's Ashley Young, who is out of contract at the end of next season.

Of course, the newspapers also carry Sir Alex's comments about goalkeeping target David De Gea.

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