Man Utd pair David de Gea and Paul Pogba gave their reaction to the club’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is returning to Old Trafford after 12 years away
David de Gea jokingly asked who Cristiano Ronaldo was when quizzed on the imminent arrival of the Portugal star.
Ronaldo left Old Trafford back in 2009 for a then world record fee but is expected to make his second debut in red on September 11 against Newcastle.
The shock news has created a buzz in and around the club and De Gea admits he can feel a change in the air.
He said on Sky Sports: “Who? Well, thing is like a dream for all Man United fans, it’s going to be great you can feel it in the atmosphere, hopefully he can bring something special to make the team better.”
Paul Pogba claimed having such a legend in and around the group can only be beneficial.
Ronaldo has been a serial winner throughout his career and the Frenchman is looking to feed off that mindset.
He added: “Everyone knows he’s already a legend at this club to have him back is huge, he’ll bring his experience, quality and when he comes the level goes up.
“We’re pleased that he’s coming, the most important today was the win and when he comes we keep this mentality.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already seen Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrive this summer.
Ronaldo’s signing helps bolster United’s attacking line amid calls for them to sign a striker.
The 36-year-old has been a guarantee of goals for almost two decades and Solskjaer is looking forward to the lift he will give the squad.
“The fans have been excited, we all are, he’s had such a great career, he’s been here before, hopefully we can finalise the paperwork,” he told MUTV.
“He’s going to give everyone a boost, I played with him, he’s a great player, a top human being, a top professional, he will give everyone around the club a buzz.”
The Portuguese star has been backed to bring his winning mentality to United by the club’s former skipper Roy Keane.
“I think it’s great news for United, the fans, the Premier League,” he said.
“There’s no doubt in my mind he’s still a world-class player. We have discussed the pluses and minuses but I see the hunger and the desire there; it’s not a pay-day for him. He is already worth fortunes. We saw at the Euros he won the Golden Boot, he’ll have the incentive of the World Cup.
“He’s a clever guy. He’s coming back to United to win stuff.”