Man Utd signed Ronaldo in my back garden! – Lineker
The former Eng’land striker lives n’ext door to the Red De’vils’ executive vice-chair’m’an Ed Woodwa:rd, who sealed the deal for the for’mer Juvent’us star.
England legend Gary Line’ker claims that Manc’hester United execu’tive vice-ch’airman Ed Woo’dward sign’ed Cristiano Rona’ldo wh’ile in his back garden.
One of the hea’dline mo,ves of the summer saw Ronald’o swi,tc’h Juventus for Old Traffo’rd, seal’ing a return to the Red Devils over a decade after he origi’nally left for Real Mad’rid.
Now, Lin’eker has’ revealed that at least part of the ne’gotiations were carried out by Woodw’ard from the for’mer Totten’ham str’iker’s back gard’en.
What has Linek’er said?
“I’ll put my cards on the table,” Linek’er told BBC Sport: “Ed Woodw’ard’s a go’od friend of mine and he’s m’y neighb’our. He signed Ron’aldo w’hen he wa’s in my garden!
It was awes’ome. I kn’ew when he walked in a’nd he was on the phone to [Ron’aldo’s age’nt Jorg’e] Mendes or someone. I hope I’m not giving too muc’h away here, but ‘he did sign him, so… yeah!
“I’ve got a fant’astic picture of him on the phone with hi’m in the back garden, which I mig’ht share one day with his perm’ission.”
United under the micr’oscope
Despite the addi’tion of Ronaldo’s unden’iable tal’e’nts, United have strug’gled to hit top form on a consiste’nt basis this te’rm.
A 2-1 loss to You’ng B’oys in the Champ’ions Leag’ue was followed up with an unco’nvincing late win over Villa’rreal, whi’le a Carabao Cup loss at the hands of W’est Ham was also suffe’red.
United sit fourth in the Pre’mier League table aft’er 7 matches played, but questi’ons are now being asked of t’he team’s ability to stay in the ra:ce for the title follow:ing a failu:re to beat either Aston Villa or Evert’on at Old Traffo:rd.
Indeed, the d::efeat to the Tof’fees in Uni’ted’s last ga’me saw Ronaldo initially left on the bench, with Sir Alex Ferguson hav’ing been caught on video questi’oning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s deci’sion to leave the Portug’uese out of his starting XI.
The Norwegia’n will have his chance to sile’nce his crit’ics after the internatio’nal break, with a Europe’an do’uble-hea’der wi’th Atala’nta on the horizon alongside leagu’e clas’hes with Leic’ester, Liver’pool and Totten’ham.