Details have emerged that legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson played a vital role in stopping Cristiano Ronaldo from moving to Manchester City.
It will be recalled that as of Thursday, reports had it that Ronaldo was set for a dramatic transfer to Man City. But the move fell apart on Friday.
Pep Guardiola played the move down in his press conference and it soon emerged that City had pulled out of the race for his signature.
The Manchester Evening News report that Ferguson, who bought Ronaldo to Old Trafford and coached him for six years, rang the Portuguese on Friday morning after hearing that he was closing in on a move to City.
United then made a contract offer to Ronaldo after the phone call, prompting Ronaldo to reject City’s offer.
Ferguson isn’t the only person that convinced Ronaldo to return.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed in his press conference on Friday that Bruno Fernandes was talking to Ronaldo after it became known that he wanted to leave Juventus.
“I didn’t think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus,” Solskjaer said, per the Manchester Evening News. “And it’s been speculation this morning and the last few days.
“We’ve always had good communication. I know Bruno [Fernandes]’s been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him. And if he was ever gonna move away from Juventus he knows we’re here.
“So let’s see what happens with Cristiano, he’s such a legend of this club.”