Sir Alex Ferguson announced that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is ahead of schedule, which is great news for us, considering the players we are currently missing (Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick, Nani, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs…).

“Ronaldo’s maybe a little bit ahead of schedule,” said Ferguson. “He’s surprisingly good. He’s been doing jogging all week. Only jogging, nothing serious, we’re quite pleased with that.”

The Sun has published several pictures of Ronaldo looking a bit glum. Of course, how predictable? Poor ol slave Ronaldo, miserable at Carrington, after being forced to stay at United.

Our pictures show the £75million-rated winger was not overly pleased to be back in Manchester with his team-mates earlier today. While Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, John O’Shea and Louis Saha were all snapped laughing and joking during the session, Ronaldo cut a forlorn figure.

It seems already it has been forgotten what Ronaldo had to stay after deciding he was staying put.

“Before there are any rumours and speculation about me staying against my will, I want to make one thing clear: whoever says or writes anything to that effect is lying,” Ronaldo said when revealing he wanted to stay with United. “I’ll be playing at Manchester United with my heart and soul. I will fight and honour the shirt with the same desire and dedication as I always have.”