Ferguson comments on Ronaldo's return

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Former Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo’s “fantastic” return to Old Trafford after spells with Real Madrid and Juventus.

Ronaldo made a rather unanticipated return to the Red Devils in the last transfer window, after having left the club back in 2009 to join Real Madrid. 

The Portuguese superstar then went on to sign for Juventus in 2018, before his blockbuster homecoming return to Manchester in 2021. 

Ronaldo’s former manager Ferguson has now lauded the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for rejoining the club where his stardom began.

"It's fantastic," Ferguson told the UTD Podcast. 

"You saw on that Saturday that it was like Caesar entering Rome after victory. 'I came, I saw, I conquered.' It was fantastic.  

"I mean, for anyone who is a United fan, we could have had a million people in there, without doubt, as there were so many outside, hundreds outside.  

"It's one of these things. When he was here as a kid, his learning process was very, very quick. 

"A lot of people said he was a diver and there was a little spell of that but, after that, he was attacking defenders and all he needed was a nudge and he would waltz by them.  

"He would attack with unbelievable speed. I think the increasing knowledge of his game - I think he was born with a desire. 

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"He sacrificed himself to be the best. I remember we were playing Arsenal on the Saturday and it was pouring with rain at Carrington. I said to him, and you know he would always practice after training, and I said, 'In. We've got a game tomorrow and it's too wet. The ground is too soft.' 

"So I went into my office, looked out of the window and what did he do? He went on the Astroturf. I had no argument! I couldn't say anything to him. He's beat me." 

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