Ronaldo linked with Man United reunion

Old Trafford boss Moyes must also deal with the future of his star forward Rooney

David Moyes is set to begin work as Manchester United manager next week against the backdrop of further speculation over a return for former golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

David Moyes is set to begin work as Manchester United manager next week against the backdrop of further speculation over a return for former golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Wed, Jun 26, 2013, 22:16

David Moyes is set to begin work as Manchester United manager next week against the backdrop of further speculation about a return for former golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo. It has been suggested for weeks now that United believe they can lure Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, where he left in 2009 for Real Madrid in a world record €94 million deal.

And a report in Spanish paper El Pais on Wednesday claimed a meeting would be taking place between United officials and Ronaldo “in the next few days” to see if there is any likelihood of a transfer being completed.

United have not commented on the report, although it is obvious a deal would be hugely complicated given apparent interest from Paris St Germain and supposed advice given to the former world player of the year to remain at Real Madrid for the final year of his contract.

New Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti presumably would prefer to keep Ronaldo as he begins the task of shaping the club following Jose Mourinho’s exit.

It merely adds to the air of uncertainty at United, with Moyes set to officially begin work on Monday, with his squad due to begin training later that week.

Chief concern will be to work out the best way forward for Wayne Rooney who, like Ronaldo, has been the subject of some much, often conflicting, speculation. PSG, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the England forward at times this summer, whilst it has also been stated Moyes would prefer to keep the player.

Transfer request
If that is Moyes’ wish, it is unlikely to be fulfilled without some sort of clarification on the supposed transfer request Alex Ferguson claimed Rooney had made at the end of last season. It has now been established Rooney did not express any such desire, merely sought clarification about his status with Ferguson.

Yet any public statement to that effect by United would undermine the man who brought them 13 Premier League titles.

If Rooney stays, at least one of the trio of Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez is bound to wonder whether they have any long-term future. At least the picture won’t be made even more complicated by the arrival of Edinson Cavani as United have privately distanced themselves from reports of an interest in the Napoli front-man.