Former Manchester United goalkeeper comes out of retirement to answer SOS

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ricardo is answering an SOS to help out his struggling former club in La Liga.

Ricardo  - Now there's a blast from the past for Manchester United fans!

The goalkeeper played just five matches for the club just under a decade ago, and spent most of his contract on loan in Spain, but he did make an impression.

He played as an understudy to Fabien Barthez in their 2002/03 title run-in, against Blackburn Rovers. He gave away a penalty but redeemed himself by saving it. It was certainly a memorable league debut for him, and sadly that was about it for him.

A £1.5 million addition in 2002, he was released on a free to Osasuna in 2005 - Where he remained for the rest of his career.

A highlight was helping them reach the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2007, and he retired from football last summer and is now aged 40.

Now six months on he has put pen to paper on a shock comeback to help out Osasuna.

News broke on New Years Eve that goalkeeper Asier Riesgo broke a bone in his foot and would be out for up to three months. Asier is the only back-up the club have for first choice Andres Fernandez.

So naturally the club decided to pick up the phone and call Ricardo and see him he could help out, to which he obliged.

Ricardo has signed a contract with the club until 2013, and while he will remain just a back-up, if he gets a chance he will be determined not to let down the side he has adopted as his own.

Osasuna are 19th in La Liga, but just two points more would see them in 16th place. Don't be surprised to see Ricardo playing a key role in the relegation battle between now and the end of the season.

What are your memories of Ricardo at Manchester United?

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