Gary Neville left red-faced as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man Utd return edges closer

Gary Neville urged Manchester United not to make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo amid tentative transfer links in May this year.

Just a few months ago, the 36-year-old was linked with a return to Old Trafford as it became clear a Juventus exit could be on the cards.

However, Manchester City looked set to sign Ronaldo this week before United pounced at the last minute to try and secure a stunning returning for the attacker.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men now look to be in pole position for the Portuguese superstar, with rivals City ending their interest.

But Red Devils legend Neville may not be too happy about the return of his former team-mate based on his recent comments.

When posed a question about Ronaldo during a Q&A session on Twitter, pundit Neville said: "Love him but think it's better to leave the memories where they are."

But most United fans appear to be overjoyed that Ronaldo is nearing a return to the red half of Manchester.

And the majority are simply pleased he won't be joining rivals City.

Speaking in his press conference this afternoon, United boss Solskjaer confirmed the club's interest.

"I didn't think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus," he said.

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"And it's been speculation this morning and the last few days.

"We've always had good communication. I know Bruno [Fernandes]'s been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him. And if he was ever gonna move away from Juventus he knows we're here.

"We focus on the ones we have there, I don't want to speculate too much on Cristiano, what's happening there with the press.

"I've said many times with speculation, when you're Man United, when you're Ronaldo, when you're Messi, when you're Pogba, when you're Bruno, you have to read a lot about yourselves. So let's see what happens with Cristiano, he's such a legend of this club.

"Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he's the greatest player of all time, if you ask me. I was fortunate enough to play with him, I coached him (in 2008) when I got my job. He almost retired me in that Wolverhampton game (in 2003) when I got injured because he kept switching sides!

"Such a tremendous human being, as well. Let's see what happens with Cristiano. Everyone who's played with him has a soft spot for him."

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