The Red Devils boss believes the Juventus superstar will be desperate to net in a Champions League clash, just as he did for Real Madrid in 2013.
Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be happy to return to Manchester United next month but admits that United have been drawn in a ‘very difficult’ group. United face Ronaldo, and his Juventus teammates, on October 23 and Mourinho believes the former United attacker will be looking forward to being back at Old Trafford.
“I think he [Cristiano] likes to come. My feeling when we played with Real Madrid here was that he was happy to come back and was happy to play at Old Trafford, but he was also happy to score and to win,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“He comes with a Juventus shirt, he went to Juventus to win the Champions League, he comes to Old Trafford to score goals and to win the match, but Old Trafford likes him and Old Trafford will always react in a positive way to him, which is a great thing.”
United also drew Valencia and Swiss side Young Boys in the group stage and Mourinho explained it will be a difficult group for his side to progress from.
“Difficult for us, difficult for them [the other teams],” he told MUTV. “A very difficult group with one of the biggest candidates to reach the final [in Juventus] and a team who made an incredible investment on top of a fantastic team they had, so a big, big candidate.”
“Valencia is also one of the top four teams in Spain and that says everything. Young Boys is, of course, a team that comes from the fourth pot and the world will say it’s the team that didn’t have a chance to qualify but for some reason they qualified, they went to Croatia and won in the playoffs [against Dinamo Zagreb], for some reason they beat Basel and they won the Swiss title.”
I think that’s exactly what Ronaldo does. He scores wherever he goes. But one think is for sure, he will raise his hands to apologise to the Old Trafford crowd once he scores and the Old Trafford crowd will applaud their former hero when he will score.