Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in taxes at Real Madrid as star player Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a judge next month. "He will tell us what has happened".
That could still be a big issue for United, who would obviously look to cash in on Ronaldo's mammoth commercial earning power across the board to justify the mind-boggling figures involved.
The four-time World Player of the Year said last week that his "conscience is clear" and is threatening to leave Real over the affair.
However Real club president Florentino Perez has insisted that Ronaldo will be staying at the club and no offer has been received to tempt him away.
Perez's radio interview came hours after the 70-year-old businessman was reelected to a fifth four- year term as Madrid's president.
He has also helped his team to win two La Liga titles after joining it on transfer from Manchester United for a ten record 80 million pounds in 2009.
Spanish prosecutors had filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014.
Pepe says his Portugal and Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo can handle the pressure of the tax-evasion scandal clouding his club future, ahead of Wednesday's Confederations Cup clash against hosts Russian Federation.
However, speaking in a recent interview with Onda Cero, club president Florentino Perez defended the Portuguese and this has pleased the 4-time Ballon d'Or victor, who is now understood to be willing to extend his stay in the Spanish capital.
A four-time Ballon d'Or victor, the 32-year-old Ronaldo is the top European soccer player.
The decision was supposed to be irreversible; Ronaldo was pleading to his agent for a move to Old Trafford; United were interested - three days later, they were not.
"We are accustomed to intensive speculation on possible arrivals and departures during the transfer period", wrote Rummenigge in the statement. "We have complete faith that Cristiano has always acted out of good faith because we know what he is like".
Cristiano Ronaldo set for July court date in tax fraud case.
Instead of taking questions from the assembled media in Madrid, Perez gave a statement which did not mention the club's superstar.