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The Portuguese star claimed to be unhappy earlier this season but his former manager at the Red Devils has jokingly described a return to Old Trafford as nothing more than a hope

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that he would love to bring former star Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford but that it is nothing more than "a Christmas wish."

The Portuguese forward admitted recently that he misses his former manager and described him as his "father in football".

This prompted Sir Alex to talk of his continued admiration for the Real Madrid man but he described him as "unbuyable", having scored 165 goals in 162 games for Los Blancos.

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With Ronaldo set to return to the city of Manchester to take on his old side's rivals, Manchester City, on Wednesday, wistful talk of a reunion had been on some United fans' lips.

But Sir Alex jokingly told reporters that bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford is "a Christmas wish. We have them every year."

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