Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he would be open to the idea of resigning Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid forward spent six years at Old Trafford before his €94m move to Los Blancos.
And the 70-year-old Coach has conceded that he would like to see the Portuguese international come back to the club, however unlikely it may seem.
“I'd love to see him back at United,” he told reporters. “But it's fanciful thinking really.
“First of all, how much would it take to get him from Real Madrid? And second, I don't think there's any chance they would want to sell.
“But you never know. I don't know when his contract finishes. He may want to go to another club at some points in his career and I hope he would want to come here.
“But that's a long way off.”
The Scottish tactician also also joked that it would be difficult to stop Ronaldo when he returns to the club to face them in the Champions League last 16.
“The contract with Real says that he can't play against us. I think it will be a disgrace if he plays against us anyway. He has no loyalty to us!
“One thing is for sure, that he will get a great receptions when he comes to Old Trafford, and quite rightly so.”
The Champions League-winning man then remarked on his rivalry with Jose Mourinho.
“I've not got a great record against Jose and I need to put that right,” he said. “The main focus will centre around Cristiano. It will be a fantastic tie and hopefully we can get them back here with a chance [to win].”