Why Man United Launched Surprise Bid for Cristiano Ronaldo Amid Man City Interest Revealed

Manchester United appear to have only signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a desperate attempt to stop the forward from joining Manchester City.
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There was almost a glitch in the matrix last week as one of Manchester United's all-time great players inched closer and closer to signing a deal with Manchester City.

Cristiano Ronaldo's proposed move to the Etihad Stadium would have sent shockwaves around European football - however, it was not meant to be. 

Ronaldo appeared to be nailed on to becoming a Manchester City player as the Premier League champions continued their hunt for a goal-scoring striker. 

After missing out on Harry Kane, who decided to remain at Tottenham Hotspur, the club shifted their attention to the 36-year-old superstar. 

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At the last minute, the deal appeared to collapse and Ronaldo's former club swooped in to offer the forward a mega-contract to re-join the Old Trafford club. 

According to Samuel Luckhurst of The Manchester Evening News, Manchester United only signed Ronaldo as they could not bear the prospect of their cross-town rivals signing the forward. 

United had no intention of signing Ronaldo this summer, but they were ‘spurred into action’ when he appeared set to join the Premier League champions. 

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On top of that, it has been reported that Ronaldo has accepted a weekly wage of more than double what was on offer from the Etihad club. 

United have secured one of their all-time great players, at a cost, and Manchester City have missed out on another centre forward. 

It's unclear from here if Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City executives will try to hunt down a striker in the final 48 hours of the summer transfer window. 

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