Man Utd boss Mourinho: Real Madrid want to keep Ronaldo

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"To put some water on the fire I would say Cristiano is the kind of player every manager wants, every club wants".

United manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to snap up Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic.

I am the last one to add fire.

Mourinho sees Kovacic as the best man to replace the 36 year old given that he is a player with can come out with good passes as well as providing cover for the back four. But if United are to play with a 4-3-3 formation and thus a 3-man midfield, the way to free Pogba up and get the very best out of the Frenchman is allowing him to play on the left side and roam.

Sanchez is in line to make his debut for United in Friday's FA Cup fourth round clash with Yeovil Town.

Mourinho also believes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has secured a great deal to by signing Armenian ace Mkhitaryan, who failed to live up to expectations during his 18-month stay at Old Trafford.

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Ronaldo was linked with an exit from Madrid in the off-season having reportedly been unhappy with the club's response to allegations of tax evasion made against him by Spanish authorities. Because (with) one and a half years in England, the Premier League, adapted, knows Arsenal, the way they play, they think.

United are delighted to have another proven performer on board, with the Red Devils only in the market for the best talent available.

The United boss said: "Madrid is on fire, the results are not good".

"Could he give a little more also to adapt to us?" "We have set very high standards - winning three trophies in one season - but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for", said Mourinho whose style and personality have long divided opinion but whose success rate in terms of trophies is highly impressive.

"Real Madrid is on fire".

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