Cristiano Ronaldo was never lined up for United return - Mourinho

Juventus maintain 100% Serie A start but concerns remain about misfiring Ronaldo

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has spoken for the first time about the decision not to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, insisting that signing the forward was never an option.

José Mourinho has described Juventus as major contenders in this season's Champions League because of the money they have invested, sending a none-too-subtle coded message not only to his former club Real Madrid but his present employers, Manchester United.

"Cristiano was never on my table to say "yes" or "no" to Cristiano to come to us". Nevertheless, Ronaldo completed a lucrative switch to Juventus worth 100 million euros and a further 112 million euros in wages which will be paid to him over a period of four years.

And it didn't take long for Ronaldo to settle into his new surroundings, scoring on his first non-competitive appearance for the club in a friendly against their Under-23 side. Even so, he played a solid game and he helped the team out. In the Spurs match, we were positive and strong and I think the opponent, a very good opponent, felt they were in trouble. "The worldwide break will help him to become sharper".

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It was reported that Juventus' club value ballooned by around £250million due to Ronaldo's arrival at the Old Lady. "Will never forget that moment, specially the reaction of the fans in the stadium", the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpecialMoment.

Things are set to be emotional as Ronaldo is set to face United in the Champions League. Burnley can probably handle successive defeats, however, whereas at United it makes everyone nervous.

Ronaldo will have to wait until after the worldwide break to score his first goal for the Old Lady and he will next get the opportunity when Juventus host Sassuolo in two weeks. "I knew that because finishing second last season was hard".

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