Cristiano Ronaldo calls Sir Alex Ferguson key to his return to Manchester United

‘Sir Alex is like a father to me…he was the main reason’: Cristiano Ronaldo cites ‘always in touch’ Ferguson as key to his return to Man United in first interview since £19.8m move from Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo praised Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence on his return to Manchester United – 12 years after leaving the club.

Ronaldo is back at United after leaving Juventus and spoke of Ferguson’s role, the Portuguese spoke of his importance.

‘As everyone knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was key,” he said in his first interview since being a Red Devil again.

“I remember we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon. To me Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football to me.

“He’s helped me a lot, he’s taught me a lot of things, and of course I think he had a big part because the relationship we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an incredible person. I really like him and he was the main key for me to get to the position I have now, signing for Manchester United.”