Fergie: Ronaldo almost joined Arsenal

Fergie said: “Arsene Wenger must have been close, he had him over at Highbury about 25 times!”

Gunners boss Wenger admitted: “If I was to have a player from Manchester United it would be Ronaldo — because we were so close to getting him.

“We were a just few hundred-thousand pounds away. I was very close.”

Ronaldo instead joined Manchester United for £12.24million in 2003.