Jose Mourinho says Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United is ‘perfect thing’ as the Roma boss misses out on his ex-Real Madrid star in Serie A this season
- Cristiano Ronaldo assured himself of a fairytale return to Manchester United on Friday
- The 36-year-old appeared to be ready to move to Manchester City before the drama hit
- Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid tenure saw an explosion in Ronaldo’s scoring
- The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 168 goals in 164 appearances for Los Blancos
- Mourinho and Ronaldo would lock horns in Serie A in mid-October
- Ronaldo becomes the latest big player to leave Italy after Romelu Lukaku
Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible return to Manchester United is ‘perfect business’ for the Red Devils.
On a whirlwind Friday in the transfer market, it appeared early that morning that Manchester City had stolen a march on the rivals and were planning to bring the 36-year-old to the Etihad.
However, following the intervention of Bruno Fernandes and reportedly former boss and mentor Sir Alex Ferguson, the attacker signed a two-year deal with the club where he shot to stardom as a precocious winger.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford is hailed by Jose Mourinho as ‘perfect thing’
The pair won a LaLiga title together when Ronaldo scored a whopping 168 goals in 164 appearances
Mourinho was Ronaldo’s manager at Real Madrid for three years between 2010 and 2013, with the duo winning LaLiga together in 2012 as the most expensive player ever to score a whopping 168 goals in 164 appearances for Los Blancos.
Roma boss Mourinho said: “All I’m saying – and it seems basic and logical to me – is that if Juventus are happy, if Cristiano are happy and if Manchester United are happy, this is the perfect thing. I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about Cristiano.
“You don’t have to comment on someone who plays for twenty years, wins, scores and makes history.”
The 36-year-old won nine trophies in a dazzling first spell at Manchester United
Ronaldo now joins Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the pair were Red Devils teammates
Ronaldo becomes the latest big player to leave Serie A after the departure of Romelu Lukaku
Mourinho last faced Ronaldo in 2018 when United, then managed by the ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss, came from behind to win 2-1 in the Champions League group stage after the five-time Ballon d’ winner. ‘Or the men of Massimiliano Allegri had placed ahead.
The pair are set to start playing at the Allianz Stadium in mid-October, with Ronaldo leaving Juve, making him the last big name to leave Serie A following the moves of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Romelu Lukaku to Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea respectively.
Roma opened their league account last weekend with a 3-1 win over Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico, with former Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham grabbing two assists on his debut. Mourinho’s men will face the newly promoted Salernitana on Sunday.