MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly been given a boost in the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo with their sponsors Chevrolet willing to 'help finance' the deal.

The Portuguese dazzled fans at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, before departing for Real Madrid for a then world record £80million fee.

Ronaldo, 35, spent nine record-breaking years at Real Madrid before joining Juventus two years ago.