Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been scrutinized over the prospect of Manchester City signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
But the Manchester United boss has been quite dismissive of City’s efforts to sign the 36-year-old.
Ronaldo will make an emotional return to Manchester United against Newcastle on Saturday at Old Trafford, 12 years after leaving to join Real Madrid.
But it looked like City would win the Portuguese superstar last month after it was revealed he was leaving Juventus. City was believed to be in talks to sign Ronaldo, but United officials moved quickly to hijack the transfer.
United then quickly closed the deal with Ronaldo Signed a two-year contract with the option of a third.
United pays £ 12.86m for Ronaldo plus £ 6.86m in possible add-ons.
When asked how he felt about the prospect of a Ronaldo move to City, Solskjaer said: “I don’t think there was any prospect of it.”
Ronaldo is expected to face Newcastle on Saturday and his arrival has put pressure on United this season.
Wayne Rooney said this week that United needs to be in the title mix this season.
“I think United are finally ready to fight for the title and I feel like they really have to this year,” said the former United striker.
Solskjaer, however, welcomed the pressure.
“The pressure is a privilege,” said Solskjaer. “At Manchester United you want that pressure.
“If you want to have an easy life as a player, coach or manager, you get somewhere in the middle.
“No, we want that pressure. We feel it, but it makes you feel alive. “
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Who has penalties?
Solskjaer also refused to say whether Ronaldo or his compatriot Bruno Fernandes, the current penalty taker, will be on penalties.
“I talked to both of them,” said Solskjaer. “We have two players there who I would trust with my life to throw away a penalty. And that’s a great position.
“You will know how we’re going to resolve this from the conversations we’ve had and the conversations we’re going to have before the games.
“It will be my decision what happens. The two will continue to do what they do when asked to take the penalties.
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