Manchester United star: “Ronaldo return? Yawn.”

Ferdinand unimpressed by "old" CR7 news.

Rio Ferdinand has taken a pop at the national media after several newspapers ran with a story of him “begging” Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United.

The story, which Ferdinand quoted as saying that Ronaldo was one of his most-dialled numbers back in the summer, when it seemed the midfielder might have been about to leave Real Madrid, appeared in today’s Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Daily Express.

However, Ferdinand took to Twitter to effectively dismiss the story, saying: “Must have been an old news day as there is Some (sic) old news brought back to life in today’s media…mentioned this CR7 stuff in September *yawn*.

Ferdinand’s annoyance is understandable, given the timing of the story, which could be perceived as the media stoking the fires of unrest at Old Trafford. As Ronaldo sweeps all before him at Madrid, his former club continue to slip and slide towards mid-table.

Manager David Moyes is under huge pressure after the defeat against SwanseaCity last weekend made it three losses in a row – their worst run of form for more than a decade.

The story itself does add to weight to the theory that Ronaldo was indeed ready to return to Manchester, when he appeared unhappy at the Bernabeu. However, the 28-year-old instead opted to stay, signing a new contract, and he has again been in sensational form this season.

But it is another unsettling moment for United manager David Moyes, who could well have done without yet another reminder of the Sir Alex Ferguson era as he gears up for another critical Premier League match, a re-match against Swansea at Old Trafford tomorrow.

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