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Jose Mourinho declared Cristiano Ronaldo’s move back to Manchester United is “perfect business”.
In a remarkable turnaround on Friday, United confirmed that they had agreed to sign Ronaldo – who left Old Trafford in 2009 – from Juventus.
The 36-year-old reportedly finishes a doctor in Lisbon over the weekend with personal terms and a visa to complete.
Mourinho, who is now in Roma after a fateful spell at Tottenham, managed his compatriot Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and later went on to coach United as well.
Ronaldo had one of his best goal scorers in 2011-12 under Mourinho’s guidance and scored 60 times across 55 appearances in all competitions.
The attacker averaged 1.1 goals per game. Performance, or one every 81.7 minutes. That move included seven hat-tricks, and he also provided 15 assists during the season.
Asked about his thoughts on Ronaldo’s quick departure from Serie A and his United return, former Red Devils boss Mourinho told a news conference: “The only thing I say – and it seems to me something fundamental and logical – is that if Juventus are happy, if Cristiano is happy, and if Manchester United are happy, this is the perfect deal.
“I do not think there is any need to talk about Cristiano.
“It’s not necessary to comment on someone who has been playing, winning, scoring and writing history for 20 years.”
Ronaldo represents United’s fourth addition to the transfer window after Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho and his former Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane.