JOSE MOURINHO RUN the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United in 2018.
The Portuguese legend, 36, made a romantic return to Old Trafford in August after 12 years away from the club when he signed from Juventus.
However, the striker could have returned to the Theater of Dreams much sooner had his former Real Madrid coach not turned down the opportunity.
The statement was made by talkSPORT host Jim White as he revealed exclusive details from within Ed Woodward’s 16-year tenure as executive vice president.
And in that discussion, Mourinho’s two-and-a-half-year reign was debated.
The exceptional man led United to the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League in that period but he was still sacked in 2018 after a string of poor performances and several dressing room failures.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced him before he was expelled and replaced by Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of this season.
The German is enduring a rough start at United as their season threatens to explode – but it was a different story as the club celebrated Ronaldo’s return a few months ago.
Now White says CR7 could have returned much sooner had Mourinho not intervened.
The Portuguese coach led Ronaldo for three years at the Bernabeu from 2010 with the icon scoring 120 goals in 106 La Liga matches under his countryman.
But as Ronaldo’s time at Madrid drew to a close, his former boss turned down the opportunity to work with him again, with the striker instead moving to Juventus.
“Over the years there has been much talk about Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United,” White said.
“It could have happened when he ended up at Real Madrid, when he was still in his prime.
“But that was not possible because Jose Mourinho made it clear that he had other priorities at the time.”
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