Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho urged the club’s board not to make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese superstar decided to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to the Mirror.
The five-time Champions League winner moved to Juventus instead and hasn’t found the net in his first three outings for the Turin club.
Mourinho worked with Ronaldo at Real Madrid after the forward had spent six seasons at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, and a number of stories went back and forth at the time reporting and denying rifts on various occasions between the two – similar to the situation currently surrounding Paul Pogba at United.
The Red Devils already signed Alexis Sanchez and put him on incredibly huge wages, and there’s very little doubt Ronaldo would demand even more, along with his old shirt number – now worn by the Chilean.
It was never likely for United to re-sign the Euro 2016 winner, and the whole link seems to have been a distraction aimed to appease fans demanding big-name signings. In the end, their biggest signing of the summer turned out to be Fred who is yet to justify the transfer fee exceeding £50million.
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