Ahead of Manchester United’s Champion League clash with Italian champions Juventus later today, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned his players that former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo will be seeking to secure victory over Manchester United.
The 33-year-old winger scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for Manchester United before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo scored against Manchester United when he returned with Real Madrid to Old Trafford under the stewardship of Mourinho in 2013.
“He came back with me in Real Madrid,” Mourinho told Manchester United’s official website.
“I know how much he loves Manchester United. I know that, but I also know how much he wanted to win here and score against Manchester United and win against Manchester United, because he did that with Real.
“He scored and they won. So, it will be more of the same on Tuesday.
“The fans will show the respect he deserves. He will show that to the fans, too. I know that he really loves the club but when the ball starts rolling, he wants to score and he wants to win.
Mourinho also hailed Juventus as challengers for the Champions League this season but remains optimistic that Manchester United can beat the Italian champions at Old Trafford.
“Nobody can stop us going into the game and thinking we can’t win,” Mourinho added.
“It’s opponents of this level of football that you want. You cannot be in the Champions League and expect not to play and not to enjoy these opponents.
“I think they are always a candidate to win the trophy and, this season, they are more than a candidate. So, it’s fantastic for us.
“I said before the Chelsea game that Chelsea-Juventus in three days, for some, is a nightmare. For me, it’s not a nightmare, it’s just where I want to be and I thought I was quite successful in giving this feeling to the boys before the Chelsea match.
“I think it’s easier now to give the same feeling for this match and we have to enjoy it. Nobody can kill our desire to play that game and try to win.”