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Manchester United mystery player lets slip Ronaldo desire?

Will Manchester United go back in for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer?

The back pages were abuzz this morning with the news that Manchester United's summer efforts to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo could be moving forward.

The Daily Star Sunday ran the story, headlined: Ronaldo: I'd rejoin United

Except having scoured the report from top to bottom, and even read it backwards for good measure, there are no such quotes from the player himself stating what the headline suggests.

Instead the paper's source for the article, is a 'senior Manchester United player', who it is claimed has been told by Ronaldo that he, "would seriously consider that proposition."

All very interesting, although it's fairly common knowledge that Ronaldo is going to be in limbo at Madrid with their managerial situation up in the air, and his admiration for his former club means it's fairly logical he'd sit down and listen to an offer to return to Manchester.

But this got us considering just who this 'senior Manchester United player' might be?

Let's take a look through the candidates who would qualify -

Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, then perhaps Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney at a push?

Robin van Persie has only been there a year so can't count despite being close to being 30, and has never played alongside Ronaldo - which the player concerned surely must have done.

You can rule Giggs out straight away, for his previous extra-marital issue would mean he'd never be one to slip a bit of information to the press. Paul Scholes keeps his head down and out of the media spotlight so it wouldn't be him eaither, and Carrick is the same.

It's unlikely to be Evra, for the whole reason that it was done anonymously; Evra's personality is so bolshy that he would simply come out and say it outright.

This leaves Rooney and Ferdinand, and our money is on the latter.

Rooney is pals with Ronaldo for sure, but it doesn't seem like their relationship is any better than simply being former colleagues, albeit one with quite a history.

Rio on the other hand is frequently in contact with Ronaldo on Twitter, and met up with him when he traveled to Barcelona last year. With Ferdinand's #5 magazine keen to up it's profile, he's always keen to stay on the right side of one of the world's biggest stars.

It might give Sir Alex Ferguson one extra reason to hand Rio a new deal, aside from his excellent form, with the centre-back's friendship with Ronaldo potentially playing a part in getting the Madrid star to head back to Old Trafford.

Then again may be we are just reaching. There is another possibility: The Star made it up?

What do you think? Who is the 'senior star' letting slip Ronaldo's desire to come back?

image: © Paolo Camera

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