Cristiano Ronaldo, quoted in The Sun, has spoken in highly positive terms about Jose Mourinho’s imminent appointment at Old Trafford, and believes the Portuguese manager has what it takes to bring the club back to the top of European club football.
The Real Madrid superstar said:
“I think it’s good. If it’s something United wanted I think it’s good.”
He then went on to say:
“I hope Manchester United get back to being what they were because it’s an impressive club, but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit.
“And it hurts me seeing United like that because it’s a club I carry in my heart. I wish Mourinho can restore them back to the top.”
Such sentiment will be music to the ears of the Manchester United faithful, not least given Ronaldo’s pedigree at the top of the sport, but also because of the fractious relationship between Ronaldo and Mourinho during the manager’s three-year spell at Real Madrid.
The fact that he has been able to look past this illustrates the confidence Ronaldo has in Mourinho’s ability to restore Manchester United’s identity as one of the premier clubs in Europe. But does it suggest a willingness from Ronaldo to follow his former manager and join his ranks at Manchester?
While not specifically asked if Mourinho’s appointment would be sufficient to lure him to Old Trafford, Ronaldo did go on to claim:
“Without any problems I would embrace him. One of my great qualities is to not hold grudges at anyone regardless of the damage they may have done to me.”
While such comments are undoubtedly positive for United fans, one must bear in mind that Ronaldo has an imminent Champions League final to look forward to, a competition Manchester United failed to qualify for this year.
One suspects that, before any talk of Ronaldo moving to Old Trafford can be taken seriously, United would have to show concrete signs of progression to legitimately position themselves as a club that a player of Ronaldo’s almost unrivalled stature would consider joining.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena