Cristiano Ronaldo reunited with Sir Alex Ferguson on his Old Trafford return

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester – the city where he first announced himself as a superstar of world football – on Tuesday night. The Portuguese attacker arrived as part of the Juventus side there to take on Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils in a Champions League group stage clash.

The Italian side were triumphant on the night as they cruised to a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford and the 33-year-old also nearly scored on his return but was denied by a spectacular David de Gea save.

After the final whistle, Ronaldo took the opportunity to catch up with Sir Alex Ferguson. The legendary ex-United manager – who now has a stand named in his honour at Old Trafford – brought Ronaldo to the Premier League club as a teenager in 2003.

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A great coach and above all a wonderful man. Taught me so many things inside and outside the pitch. Great to see you in good shape, Boss!

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Together, the pair won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League crown before the forward’s departure to Real Madrid.

On Wednesday morning, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself and his former boss on Instagram, and stated that it was great to see him ‘in good shape’ – with the Scotsman having recently recovered from a brain haemorrhage.