De Gea: I want Ronaldo back at Manchester United

The Real Madrid star has recently admitted he is open to returning to Manchester United in the future, though the Champions League winners have told him no move will happen

By Alberto Pinero

David de Gea has admitted that he wants Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United.

The Ballon d’Or winner has been strongly linked with a move back to Old Trafford after admitting he is open to a future switch, however Goal understands Real Madrid have told Ronaldo that a move will not happen.

“Of course I would like Cristiano Ronaldo to come to Manchester United,” De Gea told Goal. “But I think it’s difficult.”

Any future move would come off the back of a summer of heavy spending by United, with the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arriving in big-money deals.

The duo both scored in a narrow 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday and De Gea has been impressed with both South Americans.

The United goalkeeper added: “They have adapted quickly, both scoring and supplying assists. They will make us better as everybody knows how well they did in Spain [with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively]

“I hope they score a lot of goals for Manchester United.”

De Gea won praise of a string of impressive saves during the victory over Roberto Martinez’s side, most notably a penalty from Leighton Baines, with the goalkeeper describing the performance as “one of the best” displays of his career.

“It gives you a lot of confidence. It was an important victory for the team and I will always remember it. It was one of the best [performances] I’ve had and most importantly because it ended in victory.

“There are days when you play a great game but end up not winning. So in that sense, it was a perfect match.”

The victory saw Van Gaal record back-to-back wins for the first time in charge of United as the club moved into the top four, and De Gea admits he is not surprised by United’s slow start to the season.
“There are lots of new people, a new coach, new concepts. In the end, it is a process. The coach knows we will improve and slowly pull upward,” he said.

“We’re starting to win games now and, with time, we’ll be there. We will fight.
“It is important to get into the Champions League with Manchester United, to be among the best in Europe. Hopefully we can win a title, too.”

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