Date: 1st February 2008 at 5:15pm
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The English media have fallen over their feet to report that Arsene Wenger wanted to sign Ronaldo before he was taken by Fergie to Old Trafford.

Here is the story in short. Arsene Wenger revealed Ronaldo was at Arsenal before he joined United.

‘He was here much earlier – he could tell you that if he wants.

‘Manchester United had a partnership with Sporting Lisbon when United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz moved and that made it very difficult.’


That’s it. He was there, had a look around then signed for us. Why is it such a big deal, I don’t know. Wenger himself added that he does not want to create a story out of it.

The fact is that he was interested in a brilliant young talent. Hardly surprising, I would not be shocked if Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan et al claimed they had all tried to sign before he joined us. He’s a special player and was a special talent at the age of 18.

Did Wenger try to claim credit for unearthing Ronaldo? If that’s the case, it would be quite childish, something I would not like to accuse Wenger with though I would not put it past him.

Ronaldo was a great talent, credit to Fergie and Queiroz for turning him into a goalscorer with a hitherto unheard level of consistency. Only Ruud’s 2002/03 season comes close to what Ronaldo has achieved so far this term. And what if Wenger tried to sign him? We should be even happier that he ended up at us!