Survey shows Man Utd fans are delighted over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club – Manchester Evening News

Cristiano Ronaldo made the sensational switch back to Manchester United on Tuesday morning, 12 years after he initially left the club for Real Madrid.

The 36-year-old will want to add to his 118 United goals which he scored in his first spell, but how do Red Devils fans feel about his return to the club?

Reports emerged last week that Ronaldo could be set for a move to Manchester City as they became genuine contenders to sign the forward, who had expressed his desire to depart Juventus.

His agent, Jorge Mendes, supposedly initiated contact with the Blues and it looked highly likely that he’d join Pep Guardiola’s men in their pursuit of a fourth Premier League title in five years.

However, United intervened and convinced Ronaldo to sign for the club on a two-year deal, rather than their neighbours from across the city.

It was one of the most exciting transfer sagas in recent memory and the Manchester Evening News asked readers, namely United fans, how the news had been received.

Here are the results of those findings.

After the Red Devils announced that Ronaldo was to return to Old Trafford, supporters were asked to rate the would-be Ronaldo signing out of 10, with 34,050 claiming that they were happy with the transfer (35,736 responses).

Similarly, around 70 per-cent suggested that he was simply a ‘must-buy’ after he struck 29 goals in all competitions for Juventus last season.

There was a moment where some people thought Ronaldo would move to Guardiola’s side, with the Blues eyeing a new striker following Sergio Aguero’s departure.

That proved not to be the case, but a staggering 73 per-cent (29,111 out of 39,955) were, at one point, worried about the prospect of the Portuguese international joining City.

Having first signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Ronaldo quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the Red Devils and showed signs that he could be a star for years to come.

He went on to win the Premier League Player of the Year twice and the European Golden Shoe during his time at the club and is highly regarded by many for his impact on United.

However, the majority of fans insisted that Ronaldo would have tarnished his United legacy if he had agreed to sign for the Blues, with 33,421 (73 per-cent) agreeing with the statement.

It proved to be a successful window for United, who completed five summer deals, including Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, who signed from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

Tom Heaton also joined from Burnley to provide competition in the goalkeeping department, but Ronaldo’s arrival is arguably their biggest transfer and has gained plenty of attention on social media.

He could make his second Red Devils debut against Newcastle United on Saturday, September 11, which is immediately after the current international break.

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