Rio Ferdinand backs Cristiano Ronaldo to usher in a new era of success at Manchester United as he insists ‘no one else is better equipped to show them how to win’
- Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United after his departure in 2009
- The Portuguese winner has the capabilities to shape the 2020-21 title race
- United haven’t won a Premier League title since Sir Alex Fergusion’s departure
- Ferdinand, who helped convince the star, believes Ronaldo will make the difference
Manchester United fans owe Rio Ferdinand in part to Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return, and the pundit is confident his old team-mate will inspire success at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese attacker was on the cusp of moving to rival Manchester City on Friday as he was desperate for an escape route from Juventus.
Supporters in the red half of the city were already taunting the 36-year-old as a traitor, but when Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson heard the rumours, they picked up the phone and set it straight.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United after re-signing for £19.4 million
Rio Ferdinand was one of the United legends who picked up the phone and convinced him
Talk about BT Sport, former Chelsea star Joe Cole pointed out that Ferdinand deserves his ‘share of the deal’ for his part in convincing Ronaldo to reject City.
“It’s already in,” the ex-England defender joked.
“He left the best player in the world here and he came to Manchester as someone who was about entertainment and skills etc.
Chelsea brought in a striker for £98 million, yes different ages and profiles, but Ronaldo beat him in Serie A last season. That tells you what level he is at.
“He will come in and score goals and more importantly on the training ground and at this football club there is no one else better equipped to show them how to win, consistently at Manchester United, he is the man for that.”
Ferdinand hopes Ronaldo will come and inspire United to end Premier League drought
Sir Alex Ferguson was the last manager to win the league with United before retiring in 2011
Ronaldo has promised to bring the Champions League to Juventus, but has now left the club
The Champions Legaue, three domestic Premier League trophies and an avalanche of individual awards marked Ronaldo’s enchanting glory days under Ferguson.
But since the Scottish topper retired in 2012, there hasn’t been a 21st title, nor a lot of noise in the Champions League – a Europa League win under Jose Mourinho.
The United hierarchy knew that Ronaldo could be the injection of quality and drive that propels them to the title, and Ferdinand was impressed with how they pulled the deal.
“The moment myself and some people at the club found out he was going to City, or the opportunity was there because Man City were interested, you could never see United watching him in a sky blue kit and not a red dress. walk outside. shirt at Old Trafford, it just couldn’t happen, he continued.
“Manchester United’s hierarchy reacted in this situation step by step, to the beat, to the money every time until that deal was agreed and signed by Cristiano.”