Ronaldo 'happy to be back home' at Man Utd
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Cristiano Ronaldo always thought Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was going to be a good manager. And, now, the forward is primed to play under the Norwegian at Old Trafford. The 36-year-old is a Red Devil again after joining from Juventus on transfer deadline day.
Ronaldo had looked set to join Manchester City towards the end of the transfer window after Pep Guardiola missed out on Harry Kane.
But, in the end, the veteran chose to join United instead.
The Red Devils got involved late on, sealing a deal with speed and efficiency after being approached by his agent Jorge Mendes.
And, now, Ronaldo is poised to play under former team-mate Solskjaer at the club.
The Portugal international has always held the Norwegian in high regard, saying in 2008 that he expected Solskjaer to become a ‘good manager’.
He said at the time: “He’s very good.
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“I look for Ole like a man, not just coach now. He’s a fantastic guy and I have a great relationship with him.”
“I’m sure he will one day become a manager and become a good one.”
Ronaldo will now learn all about Solskjaer, with the duo set to unite as they look to deliver the Premier League title.
And, speaking after his recent unveiling, he revealed he’d talked with the 48-year-old about his plans for the future.
“Well, we had a chat, but of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects,” he said.
“As you know, I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.
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“But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants.
“So I’m available for everything.”
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, believes Ronaldo will be a big ‘ally’ for Solskjaer at the club.
“I don’t think we’ll see the Ronaldo of old, you’ll see him passing more, rather than speeding at defenders,” he added.
“And he’s just got that knack of being in the right place at the right time.
“He will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest ally, because he shows everyone else how to do things, how he works, how to live their lives.
“Carlo Ancelotti told that when he managed him at Real Madrid, Ronnie was always first in and last out at training. Not now and then, but every single day.
“Mason Greenwood, 19, Jadon Sancho, 21, and 23-year-old Marcus Rashford . . . all those young players at United will learn so much from him.
“All the Academy kids, they should be watching him and soaking up every bit of knowledge they can.
“I see it as similar in many ways as to when United signed Eric Cantona in 1992. Different players, obviously, but in terms of their impact on the others.
“All the kids back then, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, the Nevilles, would watch everything Eric did and think ‘if it’s good enough for him, then that’s what we should be doing’.
“You get that with the great players. When Paolo Di Canio was at West Ham, he’d come in on a Sunday and warm down for an hour and a half, eat the right food, live the right way.
“Even at Bournemouth, when Luther Blissett came back from Italy, he turned the culture around.
“They went from going for egg and chips after training to eating pasta. As a manager, players like him and Di Canio are worth their weight in gold.
“Well, Ronaldo is a different league again and I’m so pleased and excited to see him back in the Premier League.”
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