Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already sent board Cristiano Ronaldo message

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already bolstered his Manchester United squad this summer with the mega-money signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Sancho made his debut against Leeds United from the bench on the opening day of the season, while Varane could be set for his United bow when the side travel to Wolves on Sunday.

But Solskjaer may not be done there and he could now be keen to get his hands on former United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speculation around the future of Ronaldo moved up a level this week after the forward apparently asked to be bench ahead of Juventus’ 2-2 with Udinese on the opening day of the Serie A season.

Ronaldo, who injured his arm during training on Wednesday morning, seems to be keen for a move away from the Italian giants – and Europe’s top clubs are circling.

The 36-year-old has been linked to a string of sides this summer, with a return to Man Utd potentially on the cards.

Ronaldo struck 118 goals in 292 games for the Red Devils between 2003 to 2009.

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During his time at Old Trafford, he helped the club win three Premier League titles and lift the Champions League trophy.

And he also won the first of his five Ballon d’Ors playing in the Premier League.

Solskjaer was team-mates with Ronaldo for four years at United before announcing his retirement from playing in 2007.

And the Norwegian has already sent the Man Utd board a transfer message by making his views on the football genius known earlier this year.

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“You’d take him in your team, for sure,” Solskjaer said of Ronaldo in March.

“I played with Cristiano and he’s been the best player in the world alongside [Lionel] Messi for the past 10 to 15 years now.”

Ronaldo joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and made a huge impact under Sir Alex Ferguson.

He scored eight goals in 11 Champions League games during the 2007/08 campaign as the Red Devils defeated Chelsea in the final to lift the trophy.

And he also finished top scorer in the Premier League in the same season after racking up a sensational 31 goals in 34 games and catapulted himself into a global superstar.

Ronaldo went on to star for Real Madrid during nine years in Spain, lifting four more Champions League trophies and winning two La Liga titles.

Juventus paid Los Blancos around £100m for the striker in 2018 and Ronaldo has gone on to win two Serie A titles and one Italian Cup during his time in Turin.

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