Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has been dropping hints of returning to Manchester United in the futureReuters

Manchester United fans seem to have become a little desperate in their attempts to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford as they have reportedly spent £3,000 on a plane message to convince the Portuguese star to return to his former club.

The 29-year-old forward, who completed an £80 million switch from Manchester United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, has been dropping hints about returning to Old Trafford despite finding a lot of success in Spain.

And now a group of United fans have reportedly paid £3,000 for a plane to carry the message "Come home Ronaldo" over the Estadio El Madrigal during Real Madrid's La Liga clash against  Villarreal on Saturday.

"We have active supporters on every continent of the world and we are all united by our love for Cristiano both as a football player and as a person. We won't stop until we bring Ronaldo home," The group's founder Oli Grandidge told the Metro.

Grandidge revealed that United fans across the globe have donated money for the plane message, which is scheduled to fly over the ground during the half time interval.

"Members from all over the world have donated their own money and resources to fund a mid game message, flown by plane, in a bid to demonstrate to Cristiano Ronaldo how much the United faithful still love and support him.'

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney is certain that Manchester United will do well this season and prove all their critics wrong despite the Red Devils enduring a very poor start to the new campaign.

The appointment of Dutch boss Louis van Gaal has not brought an improvement in the Red Devils form as they are currently 12th in the Premier League, with them only being able to record one win from their opening five fixtures.

They haven't been able to do well in the cup competitions either as they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup following a humiliating 0-4 loss to MK Dons in the second round of the competition.

Their 5-3 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League last Sunday was especially disappointing as they threw away the game after initially leading with a 3-1 margin.

However, despite their poor performances of late, Rooney insists that Manchester United will be able to turn things around this season.

"There are times when you don't win things that you want to win but it's how you react to it," Rooney told MUTV. "That's what we've always done well – we've reacted to the seasons where we haven't been successful and went on to win the league or a cup after it.

"That's what we have to do again now: move on from last season and try to make this season successful.

"Last year wasn't good enough. As players, we let ourselves and the club down. We have to bounce back from that. We have to come out of that bad time and make United successful again."