- Patrice Evra believes Alex Ferguson retired sooner than expected after winning retaining the Premier League title from Man City
- The former France international claimed that Ferguson was unsuccessful in signing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale
- However, Ferguson played a major part in bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford eight years later on the summer transfer deadline day
The legendary Scot manager retired from the dugout after winning his 13th Premier League title at the end of the 2013 season.
However, according to the Frenchman Ferguson had plans to bring in the Real Madrid duo of Ronaldo and Bale but failed to materialize.
Eight years later Ronaldo returned to the Theatre of Dreams with the help of the Scotsman on transfer deadline day.
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Evra spoke in detail about Ferguson's plans on United's podcast:
"Two weeks before his retirement, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said to me, "Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years.
"He then said: 'My target is I'm 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.'
"And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this."
Berbatov's prophecy on Ronaldo
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Dimitar Berbatov has warned ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo could have its blessings and curses, Mirror.
Ronaldo has busted into the scene since his arrival from Juventus this summer, scoring three goals in two matches.
CR7's arrival at Old Trafford has further affected the chances of the likes of Edison Cavani and Anthony Martial have been dropped from the pecking order.
Ronaldo's expression when substituted against Young Boys
Legit.ng also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted in the 71st minute for Jesse Lingard during Man United's 2-1 loss to Young Boys in the Champions League, Marca, Mirror.
The Portuguese striker was unhappy to be subbed off during the game after scoring United's first and nearly got a penalty which the referee ignored.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored in the 13th minute to keep the Red Devils in control of the game only for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to be shown a red card for a dangerous tackle.