‘United 99% sure of Ronaldo return’

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was “99 percent” likely to re-join Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson was still manager, according to Patrice Evra.

The No 7 has sporadically been linked with a return to the Red Devils, whom he represented between 2003 and 2009, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League before departing for the Santiago Bernabeu in a then-world record €94m transfer.

“I remember we talked maybe two weeks before [Sir Alex retired] and he said, ‘Patrice, I will be here for another five years’,” the left-back, who now plays for Juventus, told the Sunday Times.

“I said ‘yes boss, let’s do it’. I was so convinced. He was looking younger and younger. He even told me ‘99 percent, Cristiano Ronaldo will come’.

“I was like ‘wow, we are ready to bounce back and to even win the Champions League again’.

“After that everyone knows what happened. You know when you are lost and you feel like the world is crumbling? It was a big trauma. It felt lost.”

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