5 Former Manchester United Players Who May Yet Return to the Club

Max TowleAnalyst IAugust 1, 2012

5 Former Manchester United Players Who May Yet Return to the Club

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    Pictured are Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez—both former Red Devils who left the club in very different circumstances in the summer of 2009.

    One may eventually return to Manchester United, the other will most certainly not.

    Including Ronaldo, this list will seek to name the five former players who are most likely to one day return to the club.

    With the exception of Tevez, never say never.

Ryan Shawcross

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    Ryan Shawcross may be one Academy graduate Sir Alex wishes United hadn't let go of when they did.

    A £2 million transfer that now looks to have been a bargain.

    The tough central defender has since forged a well-regarded career at Stoke City, becoming a mainstay in the Potters' back line.

    Whilst United aren't short of capable central defenders at the moment, when the aging Rio Ferdinand comes to retire, the United boss may look no further than Stoke-on-Trent for his replacement.

    A bid of far more than £2 million would be needed to be land Shawcross though.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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    If I were a betting man (which I'm not), I would stake serious money on former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being the man to follow in Sir Alex Ferguson's footsteps when he finally steps down.

    At Molde FK, Solskjaer has gone a long way to proving his managerial ability, leading the Norwegian team to an unprecedented league title last season.

    And with the club currently sitting in second position halfway through the season, they may just make it two-in-two later this year.

    He will still have to prove himself at a bigger, preferably English club before being considered a top contender.

    But considering his age and legendary status at Old Trafford, Ole may just be the man for the job.

Giuseppe Rossi

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    The American-born Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi left Old Trafford for Villarreal in 2007, and has since gone on to score an impressive 82 goals in all competitions for the Spanish club.

    His injury problems last season may have been the most significant factor behind the club losing their place in Liga BBVA due to relegation.

    United have been linked with re-signing Rossi several times over the past few years, but such rumours have been little more than whispers.

    However, it wouldn't be beyond the realms of belief if he one day pulled on the famous red shirt again.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Forgetting for one second the financial situation of the club, why shouldn't Manchester United one day be able to re-sign their former superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo?

    In the past he has spoken of his fondness for the club, and how he still keeps in touch with several of the current players (via Daily Mail).

    Granted, it would take an extraordinary series of circumstances to reunite the Portuguese attacker with the club at which he made his name.

    But nevertheless, if football has taught us anything, it's that anything is possible.

Gary Neville

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    In truth, any of Fergie's now departed fledglings could one day return to Manchester United in an official capacity (even David Beckham!), but if I was to choose just one, Gary Neville would be the man who makes the list.

    Neville has already ruled out one day becoming a manager, but his stint at England has showed that he makes a more than competent coach (via Daily Mail).

    With his well known affinity for the club, he could also return in another capacity, possibly in a role that would require him to wear a suit and tie.

    Whether or not this would suit the local lad is another question.