Former boss’ influence could be pivotal in Ronaldo chase.
Manchester United are hoping to use Sir Alex Ferguson to persuade Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford this summer, reports The Sun.
Ferguson retired as United boss in May, after 26 years in charge, but will remain at the club as a director from next season.
The 71-year-old has vowed not to interfere with the work of his successor, David Moyes, but the Red Devils are hoping that Ferguson’s continued presence at the club can help lure Ronaldo back to Manchester.
The Portuguese was signed by Ferguson from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and the winger looked up to the Scot as a father figure during his six-year stay at United.
The pair have remained close since Ronaldo departed for Real for £80m in 2009 and Moyes is hopeful that his compatriot can have a word with the forward in the coming weeks.
Speculation linking the Portugal international with a return to Old Trafford has increase, after Ronaldo confirmed on twitter on Thursday that he was not in contract talks with Los Blancos at present.
All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2013