Cristiano Ronaldo transfer news: Manchester United move ruled out by Jose Mourinho

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho.

JOSE Mourinho ruled out any attempt to bring
Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after Manchester
United opened their US tour with a 5-2 rout of the Los
Angeles Galaxy.

United manager Mourinho is keen to bolster his ranks further
after already strengthening his squad with the additions of
Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku.

But the Portuguese manager poured cold water on the possibility
of an attempt to prise United legend Ronaldo away from Real
Madrid.

“I’m not going to waste my time thinking about players who are
mission impossible,” Mourinho told reporters after the win.

EPL: Jose Mourinho on new formation.

Earlier, England striker Marcus Rashford scored twice with
Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan
bagging United’s other goals in a one-sided victory in front of
25,667 fans at the StubHub Center.

New striker Lukaku was unable to get in on the goals after a
45-minute debut in the second half.

Lukaku missed one golden chance four minutes into his United
debut, with his shot saved by Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

Jose Mourinho has denied talks of signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jose Mourinho has denied talks
of signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Source:Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has been reportedly unsettled at Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been
reportedly unsettled at Real Madrid.
Source:AP

However Mourinho was satisfied with Lukaku’s “unselfish”
display in leading the line.

“Lukaku is a target man, he plays with his back to opponents,”
Mourinho said. “A good thing today for me is to see that he’s a
team player. He’s not selfish. He’s not obsessed with goals.

“He was not that worried about himself, he was worried about
the improvement of the team.”

Rashford meanwhile reminded Mourinho of his eye for goal with a
confident first-half display.

The teenager opened the scoring after only two minutes,
punishing an error from Ariel Lassiter near the Galaxy penalty
area to dart in on goal and place his finish beyond goalkeeper
Jon Kempin.

Romelo Lukaku made his Manchester United debut.

Romelo Lukaku made his
Manchester United debut.
Source:AFP

The 19-year-old doubled his tally in the 20th minute, latching
onto a clever pass from Juan Mata to make it 2-0.

Mourinho later revealed that Rashford, who looks to have added
a physical dimension to his game, was still growing.

“It’s just the natural evolution of a kid,” Mourinho said.
“He’s already taller than when I arrived 13 months ago. He’s
three centimeters taller. He’s put on some muscle but without
any kind of specific work because his speed is his most
important quality and we don’t want to lose that.”

Marouane Fellaini ensured United had a 3-0 lead at half-time
tucking a low shot past the hapless Kempin after good work down
the left flank by Jesse Lingard.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United scores.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester
United scores.
Source:AFP

Mourinho changed his entire line-up at half-time, mirroring
wholesale changes made by the Galaxy.

United got their fourth of the night on 67 minutes when Martial
burst forward and threaded a pass to Mkhitaryan who made no
mistake with a confident low strike.

Martial made it 5-0 five minutes later, rifling home Timothy
Fosu-Mensah’s pullback.

Galaxy meanwhile, who had failed to register a single attempt
on goal in the first half, bagged two late consolation goals
through Mexico international Giovani Dos Santos.

Mourinho said the game had been “an amazing training exercise.”

“That’s what we need,” he said. “They gave us two different
teams they gave people with intensity, so it was good for us.”

Mourinho was also satisfied with an experimental formation
which saw him play with a three-man central defence.

“We tried a system that is not our main system,” he said. “We
were working a few days on this to try to make the players feel
a new experience in a new position and I’m really happy happy
with that.

“It’s something we have to keep working and keep improving in
case during the season we decided to play with three at the
back. Maybe we want to do it more times.”

United travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake in the second game
of their US tour on Monday.

Originally published as
Mourinho speaks on ‘impossible’ Ronaldo links

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