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When Cristiano Ronaldo Furiously Hit Out At Jose Mourinho, And It Showed Just How Much He Cared About Manchester United

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When Cristiano Ronaldo Furiously Hit Out At Jose Mourinho, And It Showed Just How Much He Cared About Manchester United

It was at the end a Group H match in the 2018-19 Champions League. In the middle of November, Manchester United had come from behind to beat the Italians in their own back yard.

Jose Mourinho, then manager of the Red Devils entered the pitch, entered the field of the raw Allianz Arena cupping his ear as if to say 'now what?' to the Juventus fans, who were supremely confident before the match.

Some of the Juve players clocked on to the gesture, none more than Leanardo Bonucci. The big central defender had to be ushered away by Ashley Young as Mourinho made way for the tunnel.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who had joined Juventus from Real Madrid where he played under the guidance of his Portuguese compatriot, was offended. Not because his Portuguese compatriot's side had come from behind on a night where he scored the opening goal but because he had witnessed a Manchester United manager not represent his former club correctly.

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Looking at the 36-year-old's journey back to the club where he rose from a boy to a man under Sir Alex Ferguson, According to one Manchester United source via ESPN, Ronaldo let his former boss know that he had crossed the line that night.

"A lot of the Juventus players were pissed off because it seemed like he was making the win about him rather than the team and Cristiano was furious with him, too. He walked past and said to Jose that he doesn't have the class to manage Manchester United.''

Ronaldo under the lights at Old Trafford in Juve colours.
Ronaldo under the lights at Old Trafford in Juve colours.

Back with a vengeance, in typical fashion it is understood Ronaldo is returning to Old Trafford intent on making an entire new legacy with no focus of the past. The current manager at the club and successor to Mourinho is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A former teammate of the four time Ballon D'or who models his management style on Sir Alex Ferguson. Solskjaer of course knows the high standards expected at United and he knows that Ronaldo, who arrives as the Serie A top scorer and having won every domestic honour at Juventus, is arriving to enforce those standards, and to raise the bar higher for his teammates. According to the source, Manchester United has always been close to the Euro 2020 Golden Boot winners heart, no matter where else he has been playing. And now he's back.

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"We've always known that Ronaldo loved his time at Old Trafford, but I think what people outside the club don't appreciate is how much he still cares, and always has, about what happens here."

Ronaldo will make his United debut after the International break.
Ronaldo will make his United debut after the International break.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Juventus

Alan Bond
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