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Solskjaer could complete Sir Alex Ferguson’s final Man Utd transfer plan

Sir Alex Ferguson's opinion of Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly not in question.

The legendary Manchester United boss brought an 18-year-old Portuguese winger to the club and sold him as arguably the greatest player in world football.

During their six seasons together, United won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and their crowning achievement in the Champions League in 2009.

Writing in his autobiography in 2013, Ferguson suggested that Ronaldo's impact at United was even greater than club legends Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

“Cristiano was the most gifted player I managed,” Ferguson wrote. “He surpassed all the other great ones I coached at United – and I had many.

“The only ones who could be placed near him would be a couple of the home-produced players, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, because they contributed so prodigiously to Manchester United for two decades.”

11 years after his move to Real Madrid, the Old Trafford faithful still eagerly await the potential return of the forward, despite his advancing years.

Recent reports have suggested that the 35-year-old is considering a spectacular return to his old club, despite netting a staggering 71 goals in 94 Juventus appearances.

The Italians are said to be looking to trim their wage bill in the light of the coronavirus crisis and his £28million-per-year salary make him a prime candidate to be moved on.

If he is to leave Turin, according to FOX America journalist Christian Martin, Ronaldo is eyeing up a potential move back to United.

And should he complete his long-awaited return to Manchester, it would see Ferguson's final transfer plan finally come to fruition.

United favourite Patrice Evra recently revealed that two weeks before he announced his retirement in 2013, the Scot tried to bring Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to the club, a double swoop aimed at bringing them back to the pinnacle of European football.

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Evra told United's official podcast: "Two weeks before his retirement, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said to me, "Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years".

"He then said: "My target is I'm 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent".

"And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this."

When those moves failed to materialise, Ferguson called it a day. But seven years later, the return of "the most gifted player" he had seen, could turn it all around for his old team.

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