Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo says that he is confident that his former team can return to winning ways under Louis van Gaal, but they need to give the manager time. The Dutchman took charge of the club in the summer, but his first few months have been very poor indeed. United are facing the prospect of another season without Champions League football since they are struggling to assert their superiority in the top four race. Performances of late have certainly improved, but they are at least a season away from winning the title once again according to Ronaldo.
Ronaldo managed to win numerous Premier League titles with United before moving onto Real Madrid for a then world record transfer fee of £ 80 million. During the last 12 months, there have been several rumours that Ronaldo is keen on a return to Old Trafford where he is still adored by the fans. The 29-year-old has spoken with interest about playing in front of the United faithful once again. He is unlikely to come cheap since Madrid could command more than £ 60 million in transfer fees for the player. Ronaldo says that Chelsea, this season, are the team to beat and United will find it difficult to overcome Jose Mourinho’s men.
“Sometimes the coaches need time to change the team to what they want. In the Premier League all the teams are fighting a lot for points and even the clubs at the bottom of the table can beat those at the top. So it is tough. To get a good squad and a good team takes time so lets give Van Gaal the time he needs. He is a fantastic coach and very experienced and I am certain he will make United champions again, if not this year then very spoon after that,” said Ronaldo.
Former Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria has claimed that he is not sure whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to stay at the Spanish club for several years to come. Ronaldo recently signed a new contract that made the best paid player in the world for a few months before being eclipsed by Lionel Messi. The 29-year-old currently earns in excess of £ 15 million per season at the Spanish club. However, there have been constant rumours about an exit away from the Santiago Bernabeu due to reasons not related to football.
After all, Ronaldo continues to have an impressive record playing in the white of Madrid. He averages a goal every game, which is a phenomenal record at all levels of the game. Di Maria, who recently moved to Manchester United in a British record transfer for £ 59.7 million, says that his former teammate may end up following the same route as well. Ronaldo has consistently hinted that he may welcome return to United where he had immense success. His time in Madrid has been a huge success on a personal level, but not in terms of trophies. He has managed only one Champions League and one league title with Madrid.
United will have no second thoughts about bringing Ronaldo, as their new wave of sponsors provides them with massive amounts of cash to spend. “I don’t know how much longer Ronaldo can put up with it at Madrid. I get the impression that he is not very happy,” said di Maria. “I love Manchester. Everyone knows that. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there. The supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day,” said Ronaldo a few days ago when asked about the possibility of returning to United sometime in the future.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has opened the doors towards a potential return to Old Trafford after suggesting that he still has a lot of love for his old club Manchester United. Ronaldo spent six seasons at United before moving onto Madrid for a then world record transfer fee of £ 80 million. This was after joining United for just £ 18 million as a teenager. Ronaldo has claimed on several occasions that the move to United made him the best player in the world. Playing for Sir Alex Ferguson, he was moulded into the finest football specimen.
Ronaldo had a disappointing World Cup 2014 after scoring just one goal in the three group matches, as he witnessed Portugal get knocked out at the group stages. Focus, however, seems to have returned to club football and Ronaldo is intent on continuing the good work at Madrid. He won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey with the Spanish club last season, but there has been continued speculation that he may return to United in the future. Last summer, Ronaldo was believed to be close to sealing a £ 60 million return, but he signed a new contract that made him the world’s best paid player.
The Portuguese superstar currently earns in excess of £ 15 million per season from his contract alone. “I love Manchester, and to be back, I never know, you never know. [In] football you never know. Of course, I’m happy at Real Madrid, it’s my home, it’s my club, but Manchester treated me unbelievable so we never know. I was 18 years old [when I joined], I win everything there, the people treat me like a God there so I appreciate that and the future, nobody knows. I had fantastic moments and I appreciate this club,” said Ronaldo.