Cristiano Ronaldo is alleged to have said that Jose Mourinho 'didn't have the class to manage Manchester United ' after cupping his ear at Juventus fans following their Champions League meeting in 2018.
The 26-year-old, who has returned to Old Trafford on a two-year deal following three seasons in Italy, watched his team lose 2-1 at home to the Red Devils during a group stage fixture at the Allianz Stadium.
With Ronaldo's strike cancelled out by Juan Mata and then an own goal from Leonardo Bonucci, Mourinho cupped his ears to the home supporters – and not everyone enjoyed it.
New quotes have emerged that show just what the Portugal skipper thought of his former boss – and suggest that he might've avoided a return to Manchester had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not replaced Mourinho.
A United source has been quoted as saying by ESPN: "We had just beaten Juve with two late goals and Jose Mourinho, the manager at the time, went onto the pitch and started to goad the Juventus fans by cupping his ear to the noise.
"A lot of the players were p***** off with [Mourinho] because it seemed like he was making the win about him rather than the team and Cristiano was furious with him, too.
"He walked past and said: '[Mourinho] doesn't have the class to manage Manchester United'.
"We've always known that Ronaldo loved his time at Old Trafford, but I think what people outside the club don't appreciate is how much he still cares, and always has, about what happens here."
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Following news that Ronaldo would return to his former club, current Roma boss Mourinho gave his honest opinion on the transfer.
He said: “The only thing I say and it seems basic and logical to me, if Juve are happy, if Cristiano is happy and United are happy, then it’s the perfect business.
“There’s no need to talk about Cristiano. For 20 years he has written history, there’s nothing to comment.”
With Solskjaer saying of his former team-mate: "He is a great player, a great human being. I'm excited to keep building this squad. He will bring something completely different.
"Let's get him back to United after the break and hopefully he'll be involved as soon as possible. He will make us a better team.
"Hopefully Cristiano can come in and show what he has done in his career. I am sure he likes all the talk about being old. Make it personal and he will show what he can do."
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