Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford to face former club Manchester United with Juventus on Tuesday and he will he hoping to improve on a poor record against Jose Mourinho.
At one stage, Ronaldo looked to be in danger of missing the game entirely after he was shown a red card in Juve’s Champions League opener against Valencia for pulling Jeison Murillo’s hair, but in the end he was only given a one-match ban.
Not only will he be reunited with his former club, but he was also coached by Mourinho at Real Madrid, enjoying one of his best seasons under him when he scored 60 times in 55 matches during the 2011-12 campaign.
However, while they have not been on opposite sides particularly often over the past decade, an in-form Ronaldo will surely be confident of improving a dismal record of one goal in 14 games against his compatriot, who has lost just one of five meetings with Juve as a coach.
Below, we delve further into Ronaldo’s record against Mourinho…
Cristiano Ronaldo’s record goals in Europe’s top-five leagues:
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 21, 2018
Back to their roots
Ronaldo first faced a Mourinho team as a teenager while playing for Sporting CP, featuring twice in Primeira Liga games against Porto, with both ending in defeat.
The Special One announces himself
The attacker moved to United in 2003 and was a part of the team that was dumped out of the Champions League by Mourinho’s Porto in the last 16 – the coach doing little to endear himself to the Old Trafford faithful with his victorious charge down the touchline during a 1-1 draw in England after Costinha’s crucial equaliser.
Costinha faz anos hoje, deixa a tua mensagem de parabéns
Costinha no FC Porto
164 jogos/18 golos
1 Taça Intercontinental
1 Liga dos Campeões
1 Taça UEFA
2 Campeonatos Nacionais
1 Taça de Portugal
2 Supertaças de Portugal#FCPorto #Costinha pic.twitter.com/xnVulAfDPF
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) December 1, 2017
Ronaldo’s first win – Mourinho’s unbeaten run ends
Mourinho then followed Ronaldo to the Premier League after guiding Porto to 2003-04 Champions League success, taking charge of Chelsea and becoming United’s biggest rivals for the title.
Ronaldo eventually got a first win over a Mourinho team in a Premier League outing at Old Trafford in November 2005, playing the full game and setting up Darren Fletcher’s winner to end Chelsea’s 40-match unbeaten league run.
Thirteen matches, a first goal
It took nearly four years for Ronaldo to get his next win – in 90 minutes – over a Mourinho team, as his Inter visited Old Trafford in the Champions League and lost 2-0 in March 2009.
Ronaldo got United’s second goal with a towering header, his only goal in 14 games against Mourinho, booking United’s place in the quarter-finals.
Here are some of his best moments in red… pic.twitter.com/fBff8k438z
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 5, 2018
A brief encounter
Ronaldo’s only outing against Mourinho’s United was in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup, featuring for seven minutes as a substitute in Madrid’s 2-1 win. That is his only appearance against his compatriot since 2009.
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