Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Manchester United can be special again: 'They lack identity and it hurts me, I wish Jose Mourinho can take the club back to the top'
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- Jose Mourinho set to be unveiled as Manchester United boss on Thursday
- Cristiano Ronaldo has backed the 53-year-old to succeed at the club
- The Real Madrid star wants Mourinho take United back to the top
- Ronaldo also played down suggestions of a grudge between the pair
Cristiano Ronaldo has backed Manchester United's incoming manager Jose Mourinho to bring the good times back to the club with the Portuguese boss poised to be announced on Thursday.
The Red Devils and Mourinho have been locked in negotiations following the sacking of Louis van Gaal but he is now expected to be unveiled as the new man in charge at Old Trafford.
And Ronaldo, who spent six years in Manchester, hopes Mourinho can take the club back to the summit of world football and fix the club's underlying problems.
Manchester United are set to announce Jose Mourinho as the club's new manager on Thursday
Cristiano Ronaldo hopes the Portuguese can help his former side rediscover their identity
Speaking to Spanish programme 'Jugones', which is to be shown at 2pm, and in quotes published in The Sun, he said: 'He's already signed hasn't he? I think it's good. If it's something United wanted, I think it's good.
'I hope Manchester United get back to being what they were because it's an impressive club but in the last years they lacked an identity a bit.
And it hurts me seeing United like that because it's a club I carry in my heart. I wish Mourinho can restore them back to the top.'
Ronaldo and Mourinho had a frosty relationship during their time together at Real Madrid after the pair clashed over the tactics.
The two-time Ballon d'Or admitted he had been hurt by the struggles his former club have endured
Ronaldo and Mourinho had a frosty relationship during their time together at Real Madrid
The attacker felt his manager's tactics were too negative at times and was unhappy with Mourinho's decision to drop Pepe and Iker Casillas from his starting XI.
Despite this, Ronaldo insists he has no issue with the 53-year-old and played down suggestions of tension between the Portuguese duo.
'Without any problems I would embrace him. One of my greatest qualities is to not hold grudges at anyone regardless of the damage they may have done to me,' he added.
'I'm not saying he did, I'm saying in general.
The former Chelsea boss will replace Louis van Gaal but hopes to keep Ryan Giggs (right) at the club
Ronaldo and his former boss also fell out over his decision to drop key players such as Pepe (right)
'There were some problems like in life, like you have problems with your wife.'
It's been long reported that a move to Paris Saint-Germain or a return to United could happen in the future for Ronaldo.
But the two-time Ballon d'Or winner shot down these rumours and committed his long-term future to the Spanish club.
He said: 'Right now, yes, I am happy and I want to stay at this club. I don't see any other club that is better than Real Madrid. If you weigh things up, there is no better club.
'So all other clubs can forget about me because Real Madrid is the best.'
Ronaldo has committed his long-term future to Real Madrid and told clubs not to bother bidding for him