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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer breaks silence on Man Utd agreeing Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Cristiano Ronaldo to give everyone at Manchester United  a “buzz” after agreeing a sensational return.

Paperwork needs to be completed before the move can be officially announced, but the Portuguese star is returning to Old Trafford after 12 years away.

Ronaldo left in 2009 for a then world record fee after helping United win numerous league titles and the Champions League, whilst also winning his first Ballon d’Or.

He made it clear to Juventus  he wanted to leave and the 36-year-old will join Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as summer recruits.

Ronaldo’s return has created a real energy on the red half of Manchester and Solskjaer couldn’t speak highly enough of his new recruit.

“Of course the fans have been excited for the last couple of days, we all are of course,” he told the club’s website.

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“He has had such a great career and he has been here before. Hopefully we can just finalise the paperwork and announce it. He is going to give everybody a boost, of course.

“I played with him, he’s a great player, he is a top human being, he is a top professional, so he will give everybody in the squad and everybody around the club a buzz.”

Ronaldo is set to make his second debut for the Red Devils against Newcastle on September 11.

United star Luke Shaw admitted the transfer has given the squad a new energy.

He said: “I feel like it’s given the club a massive lift, not just inside but also outside. Obviously it’s a big positive. He’s been one of the best players in the world for a number of years now.

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“Everyone is excited for him to come in and not just learn from him but to be able to play with him too.”

Ronaldo has set new standards for goalscoring, breaking record after record.

At Juventus and Real Madrid he has continued to win silverware, but former United man turned pundit Gary Neville doesn’t believe Solskjaer’s side will deliver the title.

“No one can complain at Manchester United about the players they’ve signed this summer,” he said on Sky Sports.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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