Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the new Manchester United manager despite admitting his relationship with the Portuguese boss during their time together at the Santiago Bernabeu ended on a sour note. Yet, the former United star refused to rule out a future reunion with his compatriot as he doesn't hold any grunges towards him.
Ronaldo played under Mourinho during the Portuguese tactician's three-seasons at the La Liga giants between 2010 and 2013. They were closed at the beginning but the relationship broke down in the boss's last season at the club when he had also fallen out with the likes of Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
The new Manchester United boss then questioned Cristiano Ronaldo's commitment to the team and later even said that "the real Ronaldo was the Brazilian striker (who played also at Real Madrid and Barcelona) and not Cristiano".
But Ronaldo has no hard feelings towards Mourinho and during an interview with Jugones has wished his compatriot all the best in his new adventure at Old Trafford, hoping the former Chelsea boss can lead United back to the European elite after Louis van Gaal's failure to secure the top four placing in his last season in charge.
"I see it [working] well. If that's what Manchester want, I wish him well. I hope that Manchester can get back to what it was. It hurts me seeing Manchester United like that because is a club that I carry in my heart. I hope he can put United back on track."
Asked whether he would give a hug to the Portuguese tactician if he sees him again, Ronaldo replied: "Without any problem. My dad always teach me to don't hold any grudge to anyone. One has to know how to be forgiving regardless the pain someone does to you. I'm not saying he specifically hurt me but in general there were some problems. That's part of life, as one does with the wife or the kids.
"Of course, there is no problem. I would have no problem [working with Mourinho] as I would work again with Benitez, Ancelotti or anyone else again."