Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Juventus transfer confession
Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid back in 2009. But, despite that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed he’d welcome the Juventus star back at Old Trafford. The duo played together, helping the Red Devils win the Premier League title in 2007.
Manchester United boss Solskjaer was asked by ShivNadarFoundation which treble winner he’d like back at Old Trafford.
And while he named Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, he also admitted he’d love to bring Ronaldo to the club for a second time.
“That’s not fair, that’s very unfair. I can only have one?” he said.
“I would probably pick, can I pick two? They didn’t even play the final (against Bayern Munich in 1999). Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. I think I would pick those two.
“It’s unfair to Cristiano Ronaldo who is the best player in the world of course.
“I played with him so I would like to have him in my team as well but Keane and Scholes, what an unbelievable midfield.”
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Ronaldo was a huge hit during his time at United, helping them dominate the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson.
He was integral under the Scot, winning the title three times in as many years between 2007 and 2009.
And he also helped United conquer the Champions League in 2008, scoring before missing a penalty in the shootout victory against Chelsea in Moscow.
He’s been linked with a move back to Old Trafford nearly every year since his sensational move to Real in 2009.
But the chances of that happening now appear remote, with Ronaldo instead focused on propelling Juventus to silverware.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer also opened up on United’s famous 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in Barcelona.
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And he admitted that Scholes and Keane were missed that day, with both players sidelined through suspension.
But he also thinks that United were able to overcome the absences of two of their key men spoke volumes about the squad.
“I don’t think we considered them being away because we were so confident in our own ability and of course the manager had a difficult decision to make because he was going to play with Jesper Blomqvist and Ryan Giggs in the same team,” he said.
“They used to play on the left, it’s natural that those two came in and I think he did maybe a good decision bringing David Beckham in the middle.
“I think that says everything about how good a squad we were that we still could win it.
“If I choose one I would say Roy Keane because of all the influence that he gave, and how he influenced the whole team.
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“I would pick Roy but I’d sneak Paul Scholes in the back door so we can get two.”
Solskjaer is currently focused on his own United reign and recently admitted he’d love to win a trophy this season, with the club still in Europa League and FA Cup contention.
“Of course, when you get to Man United, you want to end the season with trophies,” he said.
“But trophies won’t be what we’re talking about now.
“We’ve got to make sure we make this short spell before next season a good one for us and if it ends up with trophies, fantastic.
“We’ve just got to focus on what we can control and that’s our own performances. If that takes us to a final or two, it would be great.”
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