Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has sent reportedly privately told his new teammates at Old Trafford, telling them ‘we need to win the Premier League title’.
Man United beat Manchester City to the re-signing of Ronaldo from Juventus for a reported €23million. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed a two-year deal with the Red Devils.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options at the Theatre of Dreams and would advance Solskjaer’s chances of winning at least a trophy this term.
The Portugal skipper scored over 100 goals for the Reds during his first stint at United, winning three Premier League titles, one Champions League and getting his first Ballon d’Or award in 2008.
Ronaldo went on to enjoy even more individual and collective success at Real Madrid – winning four more Champions Leagues and bagging four Ballon d’Or awards – and wants to add to his trophy cabinet during his second spell at Manchester United.
According to The Sun, the 36-year contacted the Manchester United squad after his return was confirmed and told them: ‘We need to win the Premier League’.
Manchester United finished in the top four for the past two seasons. Last term they finished as the runners-up in the league, 12 points behind league winners, Manchester City, and went close to winning their first trophy under the Norwegian boss but lost the final to Villareal in the Europa League.
With Ronaldo’s addition, Man United now believe they can challenge for any title this season. The ex-Juventus forward’s hunger for more success would play a huge role in United’s quest to end their four-year trophy drought.
Raphael Varane, who won four Champions League trophies while playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, said after his debut against Wolves that Ronaldo’s goals will help Manchester United.
“I am very happy, he’s a legend,” Varane said of Ronaldo’s signing. “All players can learn when you play with him, so it’s a great help for all players, all young players.
“And of course, he never stops scoring goals, which will help the team.”