The former Red Devils defender believes the work his club have done in the market this summer could help attract the Real Madrid superstar back to Old Trafford
Gary Neville believes Manchester United’s summer transfer splurge means the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo making a return to Old Trafford is “more possible”.
Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid, with the club’s decision to sell both Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso believed to be among the biggest causes of his frustration.
Rumours have subsequently resurfaced of a possible return to United, who spent over €180 million to recruit Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao in a bid to make an instant return to the Premier League’s top four.
And former United defender Neville admits the Red Devils are now close to being in a position to attract Ronaldo back to 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,” Neville said on Sky Sports‘ ‘Monday Night Football’.
“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…
“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.
“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.”