How Manchester United beat Liverpool to sign Balon D’or winner

Manchester United former chief scout Alex Miller has revealed how the Red Devils emerged victorious ahead of Liverpool in the race for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gerard Pique’s signature. Both players were monitored during Gerard Houllier’s reign as Liverpool manager but the gaffer later admitted that the Anfield outfits couldn’t afford Cristiano Ronaldo’s wage demands.

Despite Ronaldo’s promising talents, the youngster was let go due to the price tag coupled with the wages he asked for.

United were quick in signing the Portuguese striker despite watching him in just a single match where he put up a man-of-the-match performance for his Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

As for Pique, Manchester United didn’t spend any fee on his signature as they signed him on a free transfer in 2004 despite interest from the Merseyside club in the transfer deadline day.

Pique didn’t stay long with the former Premier League Champions before he signed his first professional contract with Barcelona.

According to Miller, Alex Ferguson wasn’t content with the signing of Ronaldo to lead the team’s attack due to his young age.

Meanwhile, both teams are currently preparing for their Premier League showdown at the weekend. Liverpool will move up to the second position should they defeat José Mourinho’s men who currently occupy the position.