Should Cristiano Ronaldo Return to Manchester?

The future of Cristiano Ronaldo is once again uncertain, and with the years winding down on his career, the rumours grow ever stronger that a return to Manchester or Madrid may be on the cards.

This week that’s increased significantly, with Carlo Ancelotti rumoured to be keen on bringing the Portuguese legend back to the Bernabeu, while his agent Jorge Mendes has also offered the player to Manchester City, a side of Manchester no Red Devil would want to see him go. But should he return to Old Trafford?

A Return to Manchester?

News outlets are suggesting that there is a slim chance he could return to Old Trafford this summer, and he’d certainly lift the place, in a similar way to the way Edinson Cavani has, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had prior. With Ronaldo, it is of course different though.

Returning to the club he left over a decade ago would be the perfect final chapter of an extraordinary career. He learned his craft at the Premier League club, not only becoming one of the world’s great players, but also maturing as an adult.

Under Ferguson and United’s senior players, he learned what it was like to be a top pro, to live away from home. In fact, he even adopted British culture, taking part in many off-the-field activities, like bingo tournaments for an example.

Now, we’re not necessarily saying Ronaldo will bring bingo back to Old Trafford, but he would bring back the wealth of experience and strict training regimes that would really set an example to United’s flourishing young players. Which could prove invaluable.

Disrupting The Balance

Of course, there’s also the risk of upsetting the applecart. Ronaldo will require big wages, which at the age of 36 could cause problems among the younger star players, although the respect many will have for him returning could balance that out.

There’s then the balance of the squad. Mason Greenwood played in that central position in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s opening game against Leeds United to great effect, while what would it mean for Edinson Cavani?

Cavani was persuaded to remain at the club for an additional year, and it would be a bitter blow if he’s kept on the bench for another ageing superstar.

The Right Or Wrong Move?

The romance in any Manchester United or neutral fan is that a return to the red side of Manchester is a no-brainer. It’s the perfect end to an incredible career. But questions would certainly be asked if he did join. United are rebuilding. In the likes of Marcus Rashford, Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, and even Bruno Fernandes they have a young, hungry attacking line. Shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to prove their worth and build partnerships and relationships.

There’s perhaps no right or wrong answer to this one. Ronaldo would still be a worthwhile asset at Old Trafford. It would arguably be a move from the heart, and at this point in Ole’s rebuild, should he be spending money with his head?

Three Premier League deadline day deals that caught the eye

Despite the Financial Fair Play rules coming into play this summer, it did not prevent Premier League clubs from splashing the cash as spending broke through the £800 million barrier. It set a new record for the amount of money spent within a single transfer window, with every club making no fewer than five new signings to bolster their squads. Many teams made the calculated decision to conduct their business early, while others used the last day of the window to make late bids. As it often does, it led to complete carnage as clubs rushed to get the adequate paperwork submitted to the Premier League in time, with players quick-footing their way across the country to arrive for their medicals. Punters were able to follow live transfer deadline updates to see which players were on the move, with three signings standing out as ones which could have a major impact for their new employers.

Radamel Falcao to Manchester United

Although the Colombian hitman has only just returned from an eight month layoff following a serious knee injury, Radamel Falcao remained a wanted man throughout the summer. The Monaco striker is one of the best in the business through his sheer power and ability to score goals with unerring regularity, with Porto and Atletico Madrid benefitting from his undoubted quality before moving to France. Falcao deserves to play for one of the best clubs in the world, with Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid heavily linked with a move for a player who had made no secret of his desire to join an illustrious club. Although Real Madrid were widely expected to secure Falcao’s services, Manchester United emerged from nowhere on deadline day to agree a deal to take the striker on a season-long loan. Falcao’s knee injury remains a concern, but Louis Van Gaal may have pulled off a masterstroke if the Colombian finds his feet and produces the goals to fire Manchester United back to the top.

Mohammed Diame to Hull Quiz

It remains a surprise that no other teams had a look at signing Mohammed Diame from West Ham, particularly as he had a buyout clause of £3.5 million in his contract. The Senegalese midfielder made an instant impression with the Hammer through his considerable drive and strength, with Diame more than effective as a box-to-box midfielder who can control a game. Hull were more than willing to match Diame’s buyout clause on deadline day as Steve Bruce secured a superb coup for an ever-improving team who made no less than nine signings during the summer. Diame has already made an instant impact, scoring twice in as many games against West Ham and Newcastle, and may prove to be the best value signing as he compliments Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in midfield.

Danny Welbeck to Arsenal

Despite bright performances for England, Danny Welbeck has been criticised for a lack of consistency at domestic level which transformed into the striker becoming a scapegoat at Manchester United. No-one could ever doubt Welbeck’s effort and determination, but the considerable pressure for him to perform and rescue a club who have struggled ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired was obvious on the pitch. Welbeck has always had the potential to become a clinical finisher that could set the Premier League Arsenal Quiz alight, with his considerable pace also being an additional asset. A lack of first-team opportunities under Van Gaal, along with heavy criticism from his fiercest critics, meant a move from Old Trafford would be the best solution for Welbeck who could flourish in new surroundings where the pressure to perform was removed and enjoy a new lease of life. A deadline day move to Arsenal for £16 million transpired as Arsene Wenger swooped to secure a much-needed striker following Olivier Giroud’s injury and a distinct lack of options upfront. Welbeck already looks a different player, with a goal against Aston Villa hopefully the start of an excellent campaign for the England international who could prove Manchester United made a mistake in letting him go.