Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he hopes to one day have the opportunity to work with Cristiano Ronaldo. Rumors have persisted for over a year that United will look to bring the Portuguese star back to the club for which he excelled before leaving for a then-record £80 million fee to Real Madrid in 2009.
Speculation was rife that United were working hard to bring about a transfer this summer, but those chances appeared to have subsided with Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and Ronaldo signing a new five-year contract at the Bernabeu to make him the best-paid player in the world. Ronaldo was believed to have initially been interested in returning to Old Trafford due to his feeling under-appreciated at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo recently said that he wants to finish his career at Real Madrid after becoming “100 percent happy” at the club. Moyes, though, still believes that it may be possible for him to return to United.
"Everyone at Manchester United would tell you he is the best in the business anyway," he told MUTV. "I have not been fortunate enough to work with him but there is still hope someday it might be possible."
Another United target has also recently signed a new contract at Real Madrid. According to reports, Fabio Coentrao, who United made a failed attempt to sign on loan on transfer deadline day, has penned a one-year extension to his deal at the Bernabeu.
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The news comes as some surprise with Coentrao known to be unsettled this summer and said to be eager for a move away. The Portugal international has often found himself second in the pecking order behind Marcelo.
United’s interest in Coentrao came after several failed attempts to sign Leighton Baines, but ultimately the Premier League champions left it too late.
There has been speculation in recent times that United could look to inject some invention into their attacking play with a move for Cruzeiro attacking midfielder Everton Ribeiro. The 24-year-old has played a big part in his side’s run to the Brazilian championship this year. Yet, according to Sky Sports, reports have suggested that they will be willing to part with him for €8 million (£6.7m) in January. And Ribeiro would appear keen on a move to Old Trafford.
"I haven't talked with my agent yet," Ribeiro told Sportv. "I asked him to talk only with Cruzeiro and let me focus here as I still have one more game to play and I want to end this league well.
"I will continue doing my job here at Cruzeiro but plan on getting to a big club. It's a dream I've had since young, I've always liked Manchester United."
Elsewhere, United could be set to move for Dundee United starlet Ryan Gauld after he laid on four assists in front of an Old Trafford scout on Saturday, according to the Daily Mirror. The 17-year-old has been dubbed “Mini Messi” for his talents, which have also seen him attract attention from Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle. Moyes is also said to have sent a member of his coaching staff to watch his debut for Scotland Under-21s recently.