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Cristiano Ronaldo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refuses to rule out Man Utd return for Cristiano Ronaldo

By Sean Walsh
Ronaldo is likely to leave Juventus before the transfer deadline
Ronaldo is likely to leave Juventus before the transfer deadline / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Cristiano Ronaldo 'knows we are here' if he is planning on leaving Juventus.

The former United star is set to depart the Allianz Stadium before the end of the transfer window and is willing to take a pay cut in order to facilitate a move to Premier League champions and fierce rivals Manchester City.

Solskjaer was adamant in a press conference on Thursday that 'when you play for Man United, you don't go to Man City', and has not ruled out Ronaldo returning to the Red Devils.

"We've always had a good communication. Bruno's been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him. And if he was ever gonna move away from Juventus he knows we're here," Solskjaer said.

"Cristiano is a legend of this club, the the greatest player of all time if you ask me. I was fortunate enough to play with him. I coached him when I got my job.

"We focus on the [players] we have here. I don't want to speculate too much on him [Ronaldo]. When you are at you have to read a lot about yourself. Let's see, everyone who has played with him has a soft spot for him."

When discussing any further incomings before Tuesday's transfer deadline in general, Solskjaer added: "Any manager is always looking for a little bit more. I am happy with the numbers we have, quality we have, it is really good. The staff with them fit each other really well."

The Norwegian also gave an update on the future of Jesse Lingard, who earned a recall to Gareth Southgate's England squad this week.

"I see him [Lingard] as a Manchester United player - I have seen loads of speculation about him but he has had a very good pre-season," Solskjaer said. "He would have 100 per cent started first game of season [if he didn't test positive for coronavirus]."

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