Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has laughed off Manchester City's interest in Cristiano Ronaldo.

When Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi bought City, Ronaldo's name was said to feature on their wish-list, a dazzling menu of players for whom the club were allegedly ready to make money-no-object offers.

"I think it included me!" Ferguson hooted. "They didn't know I'd retired.

"It included everybody else. It was like a Christmas list that kids write saying they want this and that. In my day you took what you got."