Former Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva “didn’t believe at any point” Cristiano Ronaldo would join Manchester City, and has suggested it may have been a tactic from his agent.

Ronaldo of course made his return to Old Trafford during his summer, 12 years on from departing the club for Real Madrid, where he went on to establish himself as one of the world’s greatest players.

His triumphant return wasn’t without incident, though, and before his move back to United was completed, it had looked as though he was set to cross the divide and sign for City.

Ronaldo appeared to be on the verge of a move to the Etihad before United were sprung into action and secured his return to the red half of the city.

Although the suggestions were that there was plenty of truth in a potential move to City, not everyone has been convinced it was ever part of Ronaldo’s plan.

His former United team-mate Fabio – who now plies his trade with French club Nantes – is among those, and he’s offered up his own theory to explain the links.

“Man, I couldn’t imagine it. When they told me, I couldn’t believe it,” Da Silva told ESPN Brazil.

“It was Pedro, who plays here with me, who said: ‘Manchester City are almost done with Cristiano’. I said: ‘It’s not possible’. I didn’t believe it at any point.

“I don’t know if it was a move made by Jorge Mendes, his manager, to create something because that’s what happens nowadays. I’m just saying that because I don’t have any idea.

Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his return to Manchester United.

Manchester United enjoyed a sensational transfer window, securing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now under pressure to deliver silverware after a patchy start to the season. United face some big games after the international break.

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“I didn’t believe at any point that he was going to City. From his history at United, from what I know a bit from the two years I played with him. It would have been difficult for him to have the courage to play for City because he preserves that history so much. Equally, I’m sure he wouldn’t play at Barcelona.

“He greatly values the history he has made wherever he has been. Cristiano Ronaldo played at the clubs he wanted that he had the dream of.

“Manchester, Real Madrid and Juventus. That’s why I don’t think he would tarnish that history.”

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