Manchester United manager and star player set for crunch talks – oh to be a fly on the wall

If you were Sir Alex Ferguson, what would you be saying to Cristiano Ronaldo this week (after you admired his new haircut and tan)? It’s clear that the pair will have plenty to get off their chest, with the Scot hoping to hear the words ‘I want to stay’ coming from the mouth of Manchester United’s best player by a country mile.

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The Guardian reports that Fergie and Ronnie are having a catch-up this week, as we we get closer to the start of the season and the August 31st transfer deadline. The Red Devils have managed to ward off Real Madrid’s advances for many months, will this continue throughout August?

Ronaldo’s meeting with his manager may take place today, the second time they have come face-to-face this summer, and it will take an intransigent performance from the 23-year-old, a show that convinces Ferguson he has lost the player’s heart and mind to the Bernabéu, possibly even a transfer request, for the winger to have any hope of winning the argument. As Ruud van Nistelrooy, himself a prolific goalscorer for United and allowed to join Real Madrid only at Ferguson’s behest, has said: “The meetings can be a bit lively but overall what he [Ferguson] is doing is in the interests of Manchester United and that’s what he always thinks of. In those meetings, if he wants to keep the player, he’ll do everything he can to do so and he’ll probably succeed as well.”

Does the Manchester United number seven have any tricks up his sleeve, or has Fergie bagged him for another season, especially as he’ll start the season in the treatment room? The smart money has to be that Ronaldo will be enduring ‘the Manchester rain’ for at least one more year before seeking sunnier climes.

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