MANCHESTER UNITED icon Gary Pallister believes club legend Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford in the summer.

The Juventus forward is facing an uncertain future in Italy with the 36-year-old to potentially be sold at the end of the season.

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GettyFormer Red Devils defender Gary Pallister has backed Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford[/caption]

Ronaldo has just one year left on his contract in Turin, and the Old Lady could decide to cash in on their prized asset.

And the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could opt to quit Juve with the Serie A giants in danger of missing out on the Champions League.

Andrea Pirlo’s side sit in fifth spot with just one top-flight match to go, and it is unlikely Ronaldo would want to compete in the Europa League next term.

The ex-Real Madrid maestro has already fuelled speculation he could leave by loading his £17million car collection into a trailer on Tuesday night.

Commenting on his future, former United defender Pallister told “I could see him coming back.

“He had a great time at Old Trafford, and coming back here would suit Cristiano with Juve struggling with Champions League qualification.

“He didn’t have issues here the first time round under the leadership of Sir Alex, and you can see that he still looks after himself and has that hunger.

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“He still wants to compete at the top level and play Champions League football, and if he comes to United you have to find a place for Cristiano Ronaldo.


“He’s a magnificent player and still has that hunger to prove himself as the best player that’s ever walked this planet.

“I think he’s on record as wanting to play until he’s 40 – sometimes when you’re bringing a player back to a club you worry about the hunger and desire if it’s something seen as more of a final payday.

“You see the way he talks and trains, he’s still keen and can be one of the best players in the world at United.”

Despite Juve’s struggles this campaign, Ronaldo has once again starred as he sits top of the Serie A goalscoring charts.

The Sporting Lisbon academy graduate has banged in 29 league goals this term from just 33 games.

And he brought up 100 goals in all competitions for the Bianconeri in last week’s 3-1 win against Sassuolo.