Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and has given his strongest indication yet that he would fight to sign Ronaldo should the player decide to leave Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, 30, has been regularly linked with a return to his alma mater in the past two years and if reports are to be believed then Ronaldo might be allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu next summer as manager Rafa Benitez is more interested in building a team around Welsh star Gareth Bale.
Manchester United tried to sign the three times World Player of the year in 2013 but now with new found opportunities the United boss confirmed that the Real Madrid star is in his thoughts.
“He plays on the wings and he is fast and scores goals. I don’t think there is a trainer in the world that doesn’t like him,” said the United boss.
“Of course we would look. We are looking at all the players, not only Ronaldo, but these players are mostly not to get. Let’s wait, and hope.”
United however, have indicated that they would not be held to ransom by Ronaldo’s wage demands but they are one of the few clubs in the world who could afford a £60million transfer fee and £250,000-a-week wages.
However, with Ronaldo saying recently that he wouldn’t want to wind his career down in America or Qatar, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain then seems United’s only realistic rivals to signing Ronaldo.
Former Red Gary Neville, best friend of United assistant-manager Ryan Giggs, tweeted last week: “I would sign Ronaldo tomorrow. Of course I would.”
But before that Van Gaal might have to find a replacement for left back Luke Shaw in January who is out with a broken leg suffered against PSV in September. The United manager is unconvinced that Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind can cover for the rest of the season if the club want to compete in the Premier League and Champions League.
“Shaw was the main player for that position so it is a big blow for us and maybe we have to buy a left full back for that position. In January,” confirmed van Gaal.
PSV’s Hector Moreno broke Shaw’s leg but the United boss does not think that Moreno hurt Shaw deliberately though he termed the tackle “reckless” and “lousy”.
“The purpose was for the ball and not the leg,” van Gaal said. “But it should have been a penalty and a red card.”
As for Ronaldo, only time will tell whether he moves to Old Trafford or not. Until then lets keep our fingers crossed.