£28 million Manchester United signing coming out of retirement?

Juan Sebastián Verón

One-time Manchester United star Juan Veron could be making a remarkable comeback in Argentina.

Manchester United fans, remember Juan Veron?

It's hard to forget the 'Little Witch', a midfield maestro who was supposed to take the club back to the peak of the European game when he signed in 2001.

It prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to say at the time of his record signing: "I never thought I would spend this much on a player. You believe it is unthinkable, but you have seen the escalation in prices."

He would later smash it twice in three years on Rio Ferdinand on Wayne Rooney, with Veron's failure to achieve the height of expectation place on him at United not deterring him.

The Argentine never really hit it off alongside Roy Keane in midfield, and United cashed in on him for £16 million to Chelsea two years later to the divided opinion of supporters.

Success eluded him at Stamford Bridge too, but upon returning to Argentina late in his career with Estudiantes he recaptured the form which saw United splash out a record fee at the time on his services.

He led his boyhood club to South America's top club competition the Copa Libertadores in 2009, retiring last summer amid these emotional scenes in his final home game, in which he provided the winning assist.

Now he is preparing an amazing comeback, at the age of 38, to leave a director of football post at Estudiantes and start playing again.

Veron went to Italy in May to get a troublesome ankle assessed by a specialist, and appears to have got the green light to lace his boots once again.

At the beginning of this week, Veron took part in his first training session with Estudiantes as they resume for pre-season training.

He is described as being 'officially returned as a player of the club' and under the command of coach Mauricio Pellegrini.

If his ankle holds up, don't bet against him recapturing the magic of old which has seen him become a legend at the club. After a year out, with renewed enthusiasm, it seems he will be following Paul Scholes' motivation to give it one more shot and prolong his career.

Did he fulfill his potential as a player previously? Take a look at our original article at the time of his retirement last summer...

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