Gary Pallister believes Cristiano Ronaldo could be tempted to leave Real Madrid for Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, and the former Manchester United defender expects Sir Alex Ferguson to welcome the Portuguese back to the club with open arms.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to Manchester United for several months with reports of a contract wrangle at the Santiago Bernabeu suggesting his days as a Real Madrid player may be numbered.
The 28-year-old has, however, claimed that he is committed to Real Madrid until the expiration of his current deal - which runs until 2015 - and Sir Alex Ferguson has publicly stated that any chance of re-signing Ronaldo would be nothing more than 'false hope'.
Pallister does, though, feel there is a chance that Ronaldo could return to Manchester United should the opportunity present itself come the transfer period, and has urged the Premier League leaders to break the bank to secure the signature of the Real Madrid superstar.
"I know for sure that Sir Alex would love to have Ronaldo back at Old Trafford. To be honest, I didn't think it would be likely, especially this summer, but I'm coming round to it now. A lot depends on whether Jose Mourinho stays at Real, but, if not, Ronaldo could be tempted into a return," Pallister, who won four league titles with United, told Goal.com.
"Despite losing out to Real in the Champions League this season, United have proved they are once again the best in England and that would be important to someone like Ronaldo. Sir Alex never rests on his laurels and demands improvement every season, and Ronaldo will guarantee him not just 30 goals next season but also the league title.
"The only blot on this season is that Champions League exit and Sir Alex has always said that he regrets not winning the competition more often. Ronaldo was the difference between the sides over the two legs and that will not be lost on Sir Alex.
"Of course, if Ronaldo is available, United will have to break the bank to get him, but if it’s true that new club sponsors will be willing to underwrite the deal, then it might be an exciting summer ahead."