Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo hopes take a blow?

Ronaldo Penalty

Has Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement had a negative impact on the club's chances of signing Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cristiano Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a return to Manchester United over the past few months, with a report at the weekend indicating the Real Madrid forward was keen on a comeback.

But has the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement dealt any plans the Red Devils hierarchy had of bringing back the former number 7 a blow?

Ronaldo was quick off the mark this morning in the wake of the news, to thank the Scotsman via Twitter and wish him the best of luck.

The pair were now famously photographed sharing a hug after Real Madrid's recent win against Manchester United, with the respect between the manager and his former player mutual from both parties.

In fact amid all the speculation regarding Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, the prospect of him linking up again with Ferguson was seen as a major selling point of any potential transfer.

Now this has gone, the chances of pulling off the blockbuster transfer of the summer may have diminished.

That is not to say he won't be tempted. Ronaldo had stability at United which he did not at Madrid, and has happy memories of winning the Champions League there.

He would still encounter Sir Alex as a director, and have the familiarity of old faces like Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand to help him settle straight back in, along with, perhaps, former strike partner Wayne Rooney.

So much may depend on the new manager. Jose Mourinho if it were to be him, may easily be able to persuade Ronaldo to go with him, but if if were David Moyes, an unknown to Ronaldo, it may be more difficult.

Ronaldo may trust Moyes on the basis that he would have been Ferguson's choice, for there is no better recommendation than that, but in many ways the Real Madrid man would be walking into an unknown scenario at Old Trafford, when it was the comfort of 'going home' which was tempting him there originally.

The question is whether he will want to lead the new era boldly into battle at United and be their icon once more, or simply see out his Real Madrid contract and wait and see how life in Manchester pans out post-Ferguson from afar.

UPDATE: The Mail have since claimed United are still confident of signing Ronaldo, but whether the player feels the same way is unconfirmed.

What do you think? Have United's Ronaldo hopes been dealt a blow by the news?

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