Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the main reasons behind his return to Manchester United.
The 35-year-old was officially confirmed as a United player on dealine day, and signed a two-year deal with the Red Devils. And Ronaldo described his old mentor as "an unbelievable person" who played a key role in his return to Old Trafford.
“As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key," the 36-year-old told MUTV. "I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon.
"For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion, of course, he had a big role because of the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person. I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”
When asked if he has had a chance to speak to Solskjaer yet, the Portugal international replied: “Well, we had a chat, but of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects. As you know, I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.
"But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants. So I’m available for everything.”