Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd fans convinced Juventus star has dropped transfer return hint

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Manchester United fans are convinced Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford after he started following them on Instagram. The Juventus star spent six years with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, propelling the club to three straight Premier League titles along the way. And with the Serie A giants needing a cash injection as they look to financially recover in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, fans are daring to dream.

United signed Ronaldo when he was 18, beating Liverpool to the forward’s signature while he was cutting his teeth at Sporting Lisbon.

And while he initially experienced a problematic start to life in England – being accused of too much trickery and too little end product – he ended up being a substantial hit.

Ronaldo fired United to three straight league titles under Sir Alex Ferguson, while also propelling them to Champions League glory in 2008.

In the years since he departed, he’s been frequently linked with a return.

Ronaldo is still going strong at the age of 35, shining for Juventus amid a difficult campaign under Andrea Pirlo at the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus may have to sell the Portugal international at the end of the season as they look to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

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A potential swap deal involving Paul Pogba has even been mooted, with the France international’s contract at Old Trafford winding down.

Now, Ronaldo has started to follow United on Instagram.

And while that act seems innocuous enough, some fans on social media believe it’s a hint he could be ready for a blockbuster return to his old side.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has just followed Manchester United on Instagram. Bring him home,” said one supporter.

“Ronaldo follow Manchester United. The last dance?” pondered a second.

“Cristiano Ronaldo just followed Manchester United on Instagram. He doesn’t follow Real Madrid btw. THE LAST DANCE,” said a third.

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A fourth supporter said: “Ronaldo in Man U and Messi in Man City, holy s*** Manchester gonna rule EPL next season.”

“Ronaldo has followed Manchester United on instagram please man please!!!” said a fifth.

And a sixth said: “Cristiano Ronaldo starts following Manchester United page on Instagram. Do you suspect something?”

Obviously, this seems far-fetched.

But there have been rumours in recent times that he’d be open to returning to Old Trafford, 12 years after he quit the club.

Meanwhile, speaking recently, Watford star Troy Deeney expressed a belief that Ronaldo should return to the Premier League – but with Wolves, rather than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“I think I was more looking at a club like Wolves with the Portugal connection,” he said on talkSPORT.

“That would probably work.

“Whoever is getting him is getting an unbelievable talent. This season I think six in four he has already got in Serie A. You are not going to get the same Ronaldo you had at Manchester United. I think that’s always going to be the comparison.

“You look at Gareth Bale, for example, he has gone back to Tottenham. You’re comparing him already to the one that left to go to Madrid.

“You are still going to get goals from Ronaldo and you are still going to get goals from Bale. That’s going to be the forefront of everyone’s mind, is he to that level?

“If he’s available, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t a top ten club trying to sign him in the Premier League.”

He then added: “I like Wolves. It is the odd one out [compared to the clubs Ronaldo has played at].

“If he went to America and went to LA Galaxy. We would go ‘oh, that’s a bit strange’.

“I think Wolves are creating something there with the players that they have where they will push for the top six in the next few years.

“Then, of course, as I said the Portugal connection and there are so many positives. If you want to go to the next level then that’s the player you need to go for.”

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