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Sir Alex Ferguson Confirms His Involvement in Cristiano Ronaldo's Man Utd Return

Ali Shibil Roshan
Cristiano Ronaldo considers Alex Ferguson as his footballing father
Cristiano Ronaldo considers Alex Ferguson as his footballing father / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he did play a part in Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return 12 years after he left the club.

Man Utd stunned the footballing world when they signed the Portuguese superstar, who had wanted to leave Juventus and had been linked with a move to Red Devils' cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who Ronaldo holds in high regard, was said to have phoned the Portuguese to urge him to join the Old Trafford-outfit, and the former Man Utd manager has now confirmed his involvement in sealing the deal.

"A lot of people played their part, and I contributed knowing that, really, Cristiano wanted to come here. That was important," Sir Alex Ferguson told Viaplay [via Manchester Evening News] when asked how involved in the deal he was.

"It worked very well."

Sir Alex Ferguson also said he could not imagine Ronaldo playing for Man City, who were keen to sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

He added: "It's certainly [a moment] full of excitement and also [a sense of] relief. A lot of relief because I couldn't imagine him playing for Manchester City, I don't think anyone could.

"That's why we had to make steps to make sure he came here. The club then followed in very well, spoke to the Glazers, and it was done."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo bagged a brace in his second Man Utd debut as the Red Devils thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 to go top of the Premier League table with 10 points from four fixtures.