Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to snub a move to Paris Saint-Germain in a bid to return to Manchester United for a second spell. The Portuguese international has fallen out of favour in Madrid and is looking for a new challenge next season.
The Mirror reports that PSG are willing to offer him a massive weekly wage to bring him to Paris, but Louis van Gaal has earmarked Ronaldo as the missing link between being contenders and pretenders for the title and wants to go all out for his signature to get the Red Devils back to winning ways.
Ronaldo has won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson and will do well to add a fourth before retiring from football, which given the abundance of talent they have at their disposal, would not be out of realms of a distinct possibility.
Van Gaal is set to splash the cash next summer, having failed to get any of his preferred targets last summer, but interest from PSG and the incentives offered may yet change Ronaldo's mind to move to Paris. However, the lack of competition in the French league and the utter dominance of the Parisians will not go down well with his reputation.
His return would also be a commercial success for the Red Devils, who have recently signed a lucrative deal with Adidas. However, he is unlikely to come cheap, with Madrid desperate to cut their losses, having spent £80m ($120m) on the forward when signing him in 2009.
Meanwhile, in the league, the Red Devils went down to third following their 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Saturday (28 November). Jamie Vardy's goal -- which set a new Premier League record of a player scoring in 11 consecutive games -- gave Leicester the lead, but Bastian Schweinsteiger scored from a corner to level the game just before the halfway mark.
However, it was Leicester who looked incredibly good on the counter and it was David de Gea's heroics that helped salvage a crucial point in the race for the title. The Red Devils have to assess a host of injury worries this week, with seven players currently out from the first team.