Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has clarified that his side were never in the reckoning to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window.
The Portuguese superstar decided upon a fresh challenge after completing nine successful seasons with Real Madrid and this saw him associated with the Old Trafford club shortly after the World Cup.
However, Juventus were the side who ultimately acquired his signature on a club-record deal from the European champions and Ronaldo thereafter personally suggested that the Bianconeri were the sole club interested.
Despite this, there have been suggestions that Mourinho may have blocked United’s attempt to sign the Portugal international but the 55-year-old has now himself dismissed the claims by suggesting that an approach ‘was never on the table‘, via Sky Sports.
United had a rather frustrating summer transfer window where they could not pursue most of their summer targets and this saw Mourinho recently admit that they could anticipate a tough season in the top-flight.
As predicted, the Mancunian giants have not begun the campaign on the right path with a couple of defeats after the opening four matches but the supporters should be partly pleased after witnessing a comfortable triumph at Burnley.
After back-to-back losses versus Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho’s position has been put into question but the 2-0 victory at Turf Moor ensures that the debate over his future has been prolonged for the next few months at the least.
Manchester United are currently occupying the 10th position in the standings with six points. Their next game after the international break comes against Watford on the road and the match should test their credentials with the Hornets making a perfect start to their campaign.
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