Cristiano Ronaldo will 'take time' to adjust to life at Juventus

Arnold Nichols
September 3, 2018

Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United have been handed a "difficult" Champions League group stage draw.

The headlines have inevitably focused on the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make a return to Old Trafford to face his former employers following his move to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer.

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, is hoping to push through a January move back to Juventus because of his deteriorating relationship with Mourinho.

The Portugal captain was repeatedly linked with a return to Old Trafford after leaving the club in 2009, but Mourinho said his return was never a possibility.

That has led to a furious dispute between Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the beginning of this season.

Juventus were Italian champions last season and Mourinho highlighted how unsafe they are now, particularly with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo completed a stunning £100 million transfer to Juventus, with his eight-year old son joining the clubs youth team as well.

Despite the disappointing summer and rocky start to the season, Mourinho has insisted he remains one of the game's greatest managers.

"Against Spurs were were really positive and really strong and I think a very good opponent felt they were really in trouble but two defensive mistakes in five minutes lost the game for us".

"To be really good offensively you have to be solid at the back, all the best teams are, because that is what allows you the confidence to take risks".

"We want to play the way we did in the first half against Tottenham", he said.

"I knew this was going to be hard because I also knew that last season was very, very hard". But our realistic target now is to win on Sunday.

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