'Who knows?' - Hope for Ronaldo return to Manchester United

Ed Woodward has been speaking about the potential for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford one day.

Manchester United struggled to victory against Stoke City this afternoon, winning 3-2 in a performance that just summed up the poor start to the season under new manager David Moyes.

While many blame Moyes for the poor start, of course this was always going to happen after a new manager was installed at the club. But much criticism has also been laid at the door of the new chief executive.

Ed Woodward took over from David Gill, who was a fan favourite that oversaw the arrivals of many top players at Old Trafford.

But it appeared that Woodward certainly lacked the power of persuasion that his predecessor had.

United failed to bring in any of their big targets this summer, with just Maraoune Fellaini arriving for the first-team.

Today, Woodward was talking to the United We Stand fan podcast today about all matters Manchester United, with MEN Sport columnist Andy Mitten asking him if United would ever consider bringing one of those Gill-Ferguson era stars back to the club - Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese signed a new contract at Real Madrid recently, amid rumours of him potentially wanting to leave the club.

And his response was interesting:

"We all miss him as a player. He was just phenomenal. They are the sort of things you tell your grandchildren about, watching him... That guy was a genius, a top player. Who knows? I do think that we as a club should be aspiring and having the best players."

Throughout the interview Woodward also spoke about the clubs increasing revenue, and how that can allow them to bring in ‘top players’ when available.

Will one of those top players ever be Ronaldo?

It is true that the player still loves the club, but he is unlikely to be returning anytime soon anyway - especially with the ink still being wet on his new contract in the Spanish capital.

But the statement does seem to signal an intent on United’s part to aim at bringing in some big names in the future, and after yet another toil at Old Trafford, they might just need it.

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