Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has told his Manchester United team-mates they NEED to win the Premier League title this year after talks with Bruno Fernandes’ – as the Portuguese star begins five-day quarantine after landing in England
- Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Man United team-mates of his lofty ambitions
- The 36-year-old has made a sensational return to Old Trafford this summer
- According to reports, he has made clear his ambition to win the Premier League
- Ronaldo had earlier vowed to ‘make history again’ after his announcement
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly already made clear his lofty ambitions at Manchester United upon his return to Old Trafford, with the Portuguese superstar telling team-mates he wants to win the title this season.
Ronaldo, 36, sealed his sensational switch to the Red Devils this summer in a £19.8million move from Juventus, 12 years on from his departure for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Portuguese was released from international duty early this week and touched down in Manchester on Thursday, where he was pictured talking to former team-mate Darren Fletcher upon his arrival.
Ronaldo is now undergoing a five-day quarantine, with new signings not eligible for elite sport exemption under coronavirus rules, but he has made clear his objectives to his new team-mates.
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told his United team-mates of his lofty ambitions at the club
Ronaldo has vowed that ‘history will be written once more’, having won the Premier League, Champions League and Ballon d’Or during his first stint at the club.
And The Sun reports that he has already laid down a marker to his new team-mates, telling compatriot Bruno Fernandes to inform the dressing room that he expects to win the Premier League this season.
‘The players and coaching staff now believe they have the best squad in the league and can win the Premier League this season,’ a United source told the outlet.
Ronaldo touched down in England this week upon sealing his return to Old Trafford
The 36-year-old was pictured speaking with former team-mate and club chief Darren Fletcher
‘Ronaldo has also spoken to Bruno Fernandes and told him to tell the other players that they need to win it this year.
‘They need to work hard and start to believe in themselves. The players have not stopped talking about Ronaldo since he signed and they can’t wait to train and play alongside him.’
United have not won the title in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era and finished 12 points adrift of runaway champions Manchester City in second place last campaign.
And Ronaldo has reportedly told Bruno Fernandes to pass on a message to United stars
Expectations at United are high after the club splashed out in the summer transfer window
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been boosted by a strong transfer window this summer, with the Red Devils landing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo for a combined total of £135.3m.
Despite his advancing years, Ronaldo is expected to set the English top flight alight having been crowned Italy’s top scorer last season. He has taken his old No 7 shirt upon his return to Old Trafford, with Edinson Cavani giving up the jersey for the returning star.
Expectations of a strong season are high at United, although club legend and Ronaldo’s former team-mate Gary Neville still believes that the Red Devils will not win the league this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy and will hope to change that this season
‘The big question every Manchester United fan, probably every fan in the Premier League, will be asking will be: is it [the new arrivals] enough for them to challenge for the title and win the title?’ he said.
‘I don’t quite feel it is. I still feel there are a couple of teams that are better. The Premier League I think is the strongest it’s been since the mid-2000s.
‘I think it’s an unbelievably strong Premier League at this moment in time with great coaches, great teams, great players and that’s been strengthened by this transfer window.’
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