Manchester United have again been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo. El Grafico in Argentina have claimed the 35-year-old is ‘tempted’ by a blockbuster return to Old Trafford. And it could very well happen.
United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid back in the summer transfer window of 2009.
And they’ve won just two Premier League titles in the time since, with both coming during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength in the years since hid departure, propelling Real Madrid and Juventus to silverware galore.
And, now, he could be sold.
Juventus need to balance their finances in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and selling their highest-earner would be one way of doing it.
So Express Sport will now take a look at how United could line up next year if they sign Ronaldo, as well as Dayot Upamecano and Erling Haaland.
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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still dreams of signing Jadon Sancho – but the Norwegian would love to have Ronaldo on board.
The two deals happening at the same time seems unlikely so, for the Red Devils, it’s likely to be one or the other.
United would be able to play Ronaldo anywhere across their frontline, such is his versatility.
But, given the Red Devils are short on the right wing, the 35-year-old could be given the nod on that flank.
That was where he played under Ferguson during the Scot’s tenure and, therefore, Solskjaer may opt to do the same.
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United aren’t likely to park interest in Dayot Upamecano any longer.
The France international experienced a chastening night as Marcus Rashford’s hat-trick saw RB Leipzig battered in the Champions League this season.
But United, despite deciding against signing the young defender last summer, retain a strong interest.
Should he moved to the Premier League with Solskjaer’s side, the Norwegian is likely to partner the 22-year-old with Harry Maguire.
And that would mean Victor Lindelof having to make do with a place on the bench.
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United were disappointed when they missed out on Erling Haaland in the January transfer window.
The Norway international had verbally agreed a move to Old Trafford but ended up joining Bundesliga titans Borussia Dortmund instead.
But Solskjaer remains keen on his compatriot and would love to sign him in the future.
United could very well act next summer, especially with the long-term future of Edinson Cavani uncertain.
And he’d be likely to oust Anthony Martial from the Red Devils’ starting XI if that move takes place.
Full United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Upamecano, Shaw, McTominay, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Haaland, Rashford
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