Sir Alex Ferguson’s three-word message to Cristiano Ronaldo that sealed shock Man United return
Manchest”er City tho’ught they had lured the Portugal great to the Etihad, but will instead be lining up agains’t the retu’rning Reds star on Saturday.
Manche’ster C’ity tho’ught they had lured the Po’rtugal great to the Etihad, but will ‘instead be lining up against the return’ing Reds star on Saturday.
Sir Alex Fergu’son to’ok just 20 seconds to en’d M’a’nchester City’s hopes of signing Cristiano Ronaldo in a whirlw’in’d transfer saga that saw shook ‘up the final days of the summer windo’w.
Ronaldo had decid’ed to leave Juventus and Cit’y were to lead the race for his sig’nature, as they looked to lan’d one of the game’s most iconi’c stars and a great of their cross-‘city rivals.
Following talks betw’een both clubs and Ronaldo’s agen’t Jorge Mendes, there was confid”ence a £25million deal could be completed.
But, as the MEN reported at the time, Etihad chiefs ‘were left stunned when it em’erged neighbours Manc’hester United had stolen Ronal’do from under the noses – in 1’ of the most stunning transfers in Prem’ier League histor
As reported by the Daily Star , in a brief phone’ call Fergie made to Ronaldo, the former United boss ordered him ‘not to go to City under any ci’rcumstances.
Fergie said to Ronald”o “don’t join City” before hangi’ng up – and the coded messa’ge made it clear to Ronaldo how des’perate and determine’d Un’ited were to lure him back to Old Trafford.