Gary Neville feels that Manchester United are now in a stronger position to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo after a record spending transfer window and is confident United have the ability to attract the world’s best players again.
The arrival of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao has completely quashed claims United are unable to compete for the very best players any more and reports have suggested Ronaldo’s frustrations means an exit from Real Madrid this summer is possible, fuelling rumours of a potential return to Old Trafford.
United are hardly in need of any more attacking talent but Neville pointed out how much Ronaldo has been discussing how much he misses United in the past 12 to 18 months as evidence the Portuguese striker is at least thinking about his old club.
“It’s been rumoured for a year or so,” Neville said.
“There was talk last summer that it was either going to be Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale and there are rumours of Cristiano not being happy in Madrid.
“Obviously last year they won the Champions League, so has he achieved what he wanted to achieve in Madrid? Has he done what he set out to do? That’s question one.
“Does he love Manchester? Does he love United? Yes, absolutely. He has talked more and more in the last 12 to 18 months about how he misses Old Trafford.”
“You’d have to say that with what they’ve done with Di Maria and Falcao it’s more possible, it has to be, because they’ve shown the real intent to go and sign world-class players.” Gary Neville
Ronaldo was in awe of how United fans welcomed him back to Old Trafford for a Champions League game and if he was to leave Madrid, United would undoubtedly be somewhere he’d love to return to.
Neville added: “The reception he got there and the way the fans reacted towards him, I’ve not seen that for many players. Eric Cantona and him were incredible reactions from the fans every single week. It was almost like an incredible belief in the stadium every time he played.
“You’d have to say that with what they’ve done with Di Maria and Falcao it’s more possible, it has to be, because they’ve shown the real intent to go and sign world-class players.
“We sat here three or four months ago deliberating over whether Manchester United could attract world-class talent. They’ve absolutely smashed that question out of the water and if they get him…
“They need a centre-back by the way. Can he play centre-back?”