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Jose Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return 'was never on the table'

Jose Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return 'was never on the table'

First, he was edged out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for UEFA's player of the year award.

He has played two Serie A games so far, a 3-2 win at Chievo and a 2-0 home victory over Lazio.

"In Italian football there are different challenges", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after Saturday's match.

"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". It's one of those periods but I'm happy with what he's doing. "He scored 15 goals in the Champions League and won the cup".

Ronaldo cuts a dejected figure. "It's more normal for a player to end with 26 or 27 goals but having said that, the team with the top goal scorer doesn't generally win the league".

Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer and the report claims that Mourinho wanted to sign defensive reinforcements instead of the attacker. "It's more tactical and even the smaller teams are more organized".

While he has had slow starts to seasons in the past, notably his the beginning of his final year in Madrid, Ronaldo's misfortunes in front of goal are magnified somewhat by the fact that his arrival meant the shipping on of Gonzalo Higuain to Milan.

According to the Corriere di Torino newspaper, the Ballon d'Or victor is concerned his villa in the Gran Madre park is too exposed.

Ronaldo has experienced a barren start to life in Serie A following his blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor scoreless in Juve's 2-1 win at Parma on Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Portugal captain, his 23 attempts at goal without scoring is the worst tally in Europe's big-five leagues, with Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier behind him in second with 15 shots.


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