Man City were reportedly weighing up a move for Ronaldo after failing in their pursuit of Tottenham’s Harry Kane but instead saw the Portuguese striker head back to their rival neighbours
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- 22:30, 10 Sep 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taunted Manchester City by claiming they never stood a chance of signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo will make his emotional Manchester United return on Saturday at Old Trafford against Newcastle, 12 years after he left them to join Real Madrid.
City were in talks to sign Ronaldo, until United blindsided their local rivals by hijacking the proposed deal to re-sign the 36-year-old superstar in a stunning coup.
Asked how frightening the prospect was of Ronaldo joining City, Solskjaer said: “I don’t think there was any prospect of that.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Cristiano Ronaldo was never moving to rivals Man City
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Ronaldo's return – watched by a capacity 75,000 crowd today – has increased the pressure on Solskjaer to deliver United's first league title since 2013, something he said he relishes.
“The pressure is a privilege,” said Solskjaer. “At Manchester United, you want that pressure.
“As a player, coach or manager, if you want an easy life, you go mid-table somewhere.
“No, we want that pressure. We feel it, but that makes you feel alive.”
Solskjaer refused to say whether Ronaldo or Bruno Fernandes – the team's current penalty taker – will be on spot-kick duties for United going forward.
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“I’ve had a chat with the two of them,” said Solskjaer. “We’ve got two players there that I’d trust with my life to put a penalty away and that’s a great position to be in.
“They’ll know via the conversations we’ve had and the conversations we’ll have before the games, how we’re going to solve this.
“It’s going to be my decision what will happen. The two of them will keep on doing what they do when they’re asked to take the penalties.”
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Meawhile Ronaldo has admitted he is even feeling slightly apprehensive ahead of his second bow at Old Trafford, but is adamant he will be the one on his manager 's case to ensure he is in the team.
"Of course I will be nervous on Saturday, but I am more mature, I am more experienced," Ronaldo told the club’s official website. "I will be prepared and I am going to make pressure to Ole now to start in the XI [laughs]. I am ready to go!"
Asked about whether he felt United were in a position to challenge for major honours, Ronaldo replied: "This is why I am here. I am not here for vacation.
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"As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again. I am capable, me and my team-mates.
“I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead. I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”
Ronaldo is expected to be involved from the off against Newcastle on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.
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