Coincidentally, the duo were instrumental in Real Madrid’s la decima UEFA Champions League win in 2013/2014 season but what a twist it could have been if both players found themselves at Stretford end.

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was 99 percent sure he would sign Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales winger Gareth Bale in 2013.

There were lots of speculations on whether the iconic Scot man would retire or stay much longer at Old Trafford but Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him he will stay for more years, sign Ronaldo and Bale to win one more champions league.

Evra told the club’s official podcast  “You know, you talk about the hardest moments [in my United career], I would say maybe this is the one.

“Two weeks before that, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’.

“He then said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent’.

“And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said ‘yes’ to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.”

Sir Alex Ferguson will later step down as the manager of Manchester United that same season after winning the Premier League.

What a twist!