- Ed Woodward seals Cristiano Ronaldo’s United return to Gary Lineker’s garden
- The Match of the Day host says Woodward spoke with Jorge Mendes at his home
- Lineker reveals he has a ‘great picture’ and may one day publish it
- Woodward was instrumental in Ronaldo’s £19.8m move from Juve this summer
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has termed Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford in Gary Lineker’s Garden, the Match of the Day host has revealed.
Ronaldo, 36, moved from Juventus to United this summer and is met with much fanfare from Red Devils supporters around the world, who left the club for Real Madrid 12 years ago.
United chief executive Woodward – who has come under widespread criticism from fans throughout his tenure at the club – was instrumental in bringing Ronaldo back to the club, signing a £19.8m deal with the Italian giants.
Gary Lineker (R) says Ed Woodward (L) sealed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo in the hosts’ garden match match this summer
Ronaldo, 36, made a spectacular return to Old Trafford 12 years after moving to Real Madrid
And Lineker has shrugged off Woodward’s involvement in the Ronaldo deal, revealing that United were negotiating a deal with leading super-agent Jorge Mendes in the Match of the Day host’s garden.
‘I’ll put my cards on the table – Ed Woodward is a good friend of mine and lives next door,’ said Lineker Match of the Day Top 10 Podcasts.
‘He signed Cristiano Ronaldo when he was in my garden! He was talking to Jorge Mendes on the phone when he walked in – I hope I’m not giving in too much!
‘I have a great picture of him sitting on the phone next to him that I might share one day with his permission.’
United announced Ronaldo’s return on 27 August after a 24-hour whirlwind in which the Portuguese appeared set to join arch-rivals Manchester City.
And Lineker says that Woodward was on the phone from George Mendes while he was in his garden.
The 36-year-old started his second stint at Old Trafford on a grand note, scoring five goals in six appearances for the Red Devils.
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer insists Ronaldo’s return was a ‘no brainer’ for United and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to challenge for silverware with the Portuguese is ready.
“Man United haven’t been challenging in the last few years – now with Ronaldo they are looked at differently and rightly so,” Shearer said. ‘They are ready to challenge.
Lineker (fourth right) and Woodward (second right) are neighbors and ‘good friends’
Signing him for Man Utd was a no brainer – they can’t lose in this position. They sold Dan James for £25m and brought in Ronaldo for the same price.’
While Ronaldo’s return to United has lifted the club’s mood, Solskjaer’s side have had a mixed start to the 2021–22 campaign and have scored just one point from two home games against Aston Villa and Everton this international break. has entered.
The Norwegian ousted Ronaldo for a draw against the Toffees, a decision that has been at issue by longtime mentor and United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ronaldo has made a strong start to his second stint at United, scoring five goals already
In a video posted to retired MMA star Khabib’s Instagram, Sir Alex was seen talking to a Dagestani fighter after the Old Trafford match and when the topic of the game came up, Scott said: ‘But I also think that When they (Everton) saw that Ronaldo was not playing, it was a bit…’
Khabib replied: ‘He came in the second half…’ – but Ferguson dismissed that claim.
The great Manchester United manager replied: ‘I know, but you should always start with your best players.’