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Former Manchester United manager says signing Ronadlo was a “Mistake”

Cristiano Ronaldo without a doubt has been one of the most impactful players in the history of football till date. The Portuguese with his incredible records, trophies haul, individual achievements and many others is certainly the most successful player in the history of the game. His skill moves, goal scoring abilities will be an example to the future generations to come for sure. The player has been an absolute sensation in his club career till. With over 30 trophies won at the club level besides scoring 700+ goals across 5 different clubs, the man is an undisputed legend of the game.

Despite Ronaldo’s amazing career at the club level, former Manchester United coach – Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has referred to signing Ronaldo back in 2021 as a “Mistake”. The Portuguese superstar began his journey in Europe with Manchester United back in 2003 at the age of 18. After a period of 6 years, he left the club in 2009. However it was in 2021, that he made a sensational return to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer who was United’s manager at that time has given his views with regard to Ronaldo’s return to the club.

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He said “It was a decision that was very difficult to turn down and I felt we had to take it, but it turned out wrong.” Solksjaer however also referred to Ronaldo’s return as a pleasant one as the fans had a great time witnessing the return of one of United’s best players. “It felt so right when he signed and the fans felt that at that Newcastle game, when Old Trafford was rocking. He was still one of the best goal scorers in the world.”, Solksjaer added.

United failed to secure a Champions’ league spot that season after finishing just sixth in the Premier League. Though Cristiano Ronaldo was absolutely brilliant on an individual note and scored 24 goals for the club across all competitions throughout the season, United’s overall performance was absolutely shambolic which resulted in their ultimate downfall. Ronaldo eventually had to part ways with the club in November 2022 following the mutual termination of his contract.

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