But Ronaldo’s huge salary demands make a deal unfeasible, even for a club of United’s immense size and stature.
The club aren’t even planning to swoop for the Juventus star, although did previously dream of bringing him back to the Theatre of Dreams.
Erling Haaland appears to now be their preferred target instead, while the likes of Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Jules Kounde have been tipped to arrive as well.
Real Madrid now seem like frontrunners in the race to sign Ronaldo, particularly after comments made by Zinedine Zidane earlier in the week.
The Frenchman mischievously claimed talk of Ronaldo returning to the Bernabeu ‘might be true’, saying: “Yes, it may be [true].