Alex Ferguson insists he would place a “big bet” on tomorrow night’s Champions League final not being Cristiano Ronaldo’s last game for Manchester United.
The Red Devils take on Chelsea in Moscow looking to add the European Cup to the Premier League title they won earlier this month.
Ronaldo has been United’s star performer this season and there are reports that Real Madrid remain interested in the Portuguese forward.
But Ferguson was adamant the player is going nowhere, and responded to a Spanish journalist’s question by saying: “You get some idiots in this place don’t you? If you want to have a bet on it, I’ll put a big bet on with you.”
Ferguson is determined to secure the European Cup after admitting Manchester United’s continental record is a “weakness” for a club of their size.
The Red Devils have won the competition only twice before, a record dwarfed by Real Madrid’s nine European Cups and Liverpool’s five.
Ferguson said: “There is a weakness in the European trophies we’ve won and I hope we can go some way to making that better tomorrow night.
“We have had 10 days’ good preparation, it has helped staff more than the players, it’s a long season and we all feel the strains and stresses of it.
“It’s given the players the opportunity to do some serious work on the training field and we’re in our best shape for this game against Chelsea.”
United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown insist the domestic meetings between the sides – one home win apiece – will have no bearing on the match tomorrow.
Ferdinand said: “Form goes out the window, on the day it’s who performs.
Brown added: “In the league we both won once, but this is a cup final. We know the players, it’s a one-off match and we will definitely be prepared to beat them.”