If you listen to some people, Cristiano Ronaldo to United was a viable option last summer, before Ed Woodward came along and fucked it all up. Who knows what really went on behind the scenes but the player was apparently keen to return to United and the club were prepared to stump up the cash to buy him, mindful of how much revenue his presence at Old Trafford would generate.

Ronaldo signed a contract extension with Real Madrid which could keep him at the club until 2018, but David Moyes has continued to tease fans by talking about the possibility of working with our former player, who will almost certainly be named the best player in the world again this year.

“Everyone at Manchester United would tell you he is the best in the business anyway,” Moyes said. “I have not been fortunate enough to work with him but there is still hope some day it might be possible.”