Ronaldo: Solskjaer Admits to Regret Over Man United Star's Return

Ronaldo: Solskjaer Admits to Regret Over Man United Star's Return

Elijah Odetokun
September 20, 2023 at 9:34 AM
  • Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Man United in 2021 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • The Red Devils had blocked him from moving to rivals Man City from Juventus
  • Solskjaer has discussed how the deal unfolded and what he feels about it now

Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United in 2021 has been termed 'wrong' by the man who orchestrated the move when he left Juventus.

The Portuguese star first left United in 2009, sealing a world-record £80 million move to Real Madrid. He spent nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before moving to Juventus for £88mil in 2018.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United turned out wrong. Photo by Visionhaus.
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Three years on, he was set for another move, with Manchester City said to be his next destination before a quick turnaround of events in 24 hours saw him return to Old Trafford, as reported by Mirror UK.

Ronaldo left the club in January following the termination of his contract after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he criticised every element of the club, from facilities to management.

Solskjaer admits to Ronaldo regret

When Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford, former teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the manager. The relationship started beautifully but ended with the manager getting sacked.

Speaking exclusively to The Athletic, the Norwegian manager addressed the perception of fans that the reunion ended his time as manager at the club.

"It was a decision that was very difficult to turn down, and I felt we had to take it, but it turned out wrong," he said.
"It felt so right when he signed, and the fans felt that at that Newcastle game, when Old Trafford was rocking [after Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win]. He was still one of the best goal-scorers in the world, he was looking strong."

The 50-year-old has been without a job since he was sacked, though he admitted he has turned down multiple offers, including from Saudi Arabia, where Ronaldo plays for Al-Nassr and has influenced other top European stars to join.

Ronaldo endorsed by other sports stars

Sports Brief analysed six sports stars who chose Ronaldo as their GOAT, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, who did the 'Siuuu' in front of Messi at the Leagues Cup final.

These stars can be considered GOATs in their respective sports and have all agreed on making the Portuguese their greatest footballer ever, with each his own reasons.

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