The Sunday Mirror says United chief Ed Woodward was tasked with bringing in at least one world-class player to help David Moyes with the challenge of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.
And even boasted during United’s pre-season tour that there were limitless funds available.
Discussions about bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford took place at the highest level last season.
It has left Woodward facing a fight to repair his reputation, just a few months after he was promoted to become the club’s deal-maker following the departure of David Gill from Old Trafford.
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