Cristiano Ronaldo told Patrice Evra he was returning to Manchester United before the move was confirmed

‘I’m going to play for our club’: Patrice Evra reveals Cristiano Ronaldo told him he was returning to Manchester United hours before Juventus’ stunning £19.4m signing was confirmed

  • Cristiano Ronaldo told Patrice Evra he was about to seal his return to Man United
  • Evra posted a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation he had with Ronaldo
  • The former defender called Ronaldo’s return the ‘biggest transfer in football’
  • Evra and Ronaldo won three consecutive Premier League titles at United

News of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocking return to Manchester United quickly broke out just hours after news filtered out that he had ended talks with Manchester United.

But one man knew all along that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was headed for Manchester’s red side – Ronaldo’s longtime United team-mate Patrice Evra.

The former defender posted a screenshot of a Whatsapp chat with Ronaldo earlier on Friday, in which Ronaldo informed him ‘I’m going to play at our club’.

Cristiano Ronaldo informed Patrice Evra he was about to seal a shocking return to Man United

Cristiano Ronaldo informed Patrice Evra he was about to seal a shocking return to Man United

Evra posted a screenshot of the conversation he had with Ronaldo earlier on Friday

Evra posted a screenshot of the conversation he had with Ronaldo earlier on Friday

Evra posted a screenshot of the conversation he had with Ronaldo earlier on Friday

Evra and Ronaldo played four glorious seasons together at United, from the time the Frenchman joined the club in January 2006 until Ronaldo left for Real Madrid in 2009.

The pair won three consecutive Premier League titles together, as well as the 2008 Champions League and also reached the 2009 final that United lost to Barcelona.

The pair won three Premier League titles together at United and the Champions League

The pair won three Premier League titles together at United and the Champions League

The pair won three Premier League titles together at United and the Champions League

United confirmed Ronaldo was returning to the club on Friday afternoon, but Evra already knew

United confirmed Ronaldo was returning to the club on Friday afternoon, but Evra already knew

United confirmed Ronaldo was returning to the club on Friday afternoon, but Evra already knew

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was in talks with United’s bitter rivals City after the Portuguese star decided to leave Juventus, but it emerged on Friday afternoon that Pep Guardiola’s side would withdraw from the race to sign him.

United then informed supporters via social media and their official website that a deal had been struck and that Ronaldo would return to the club before the transfer deadline.

But Evra knew it all along and could barely contain his excitement once the move was confirmed.

The defender called Ronaldo’s return to United the ‘biggest transfer in football’.

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