Cristiano Ronaldo may well have departed Manchester United seven years ago, but that hasn't stopped the Old Trafford faithful dreaming of his return.
The Red Devils have never quite been the same since the Portuguese phenomenon left the club for a staggering £80 million back in 2009.
As it stands, in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, United are enduring an almighty slump. Louis van Gaal is currently at the helm at the Theatre of Dreams, but his long-term future is in doubt after a disappointing season.
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United were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stages while they currently sit in fifth position in the Premier League table - six points behind rivals Manchester City.
Ultimately, then, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with the top job in Manchester.
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Mourinho has been out of a job since he was axed from Stamford Bridge after a dismal opening half to the season in west London.
But it appears that the Portuguese tactician could be heading to Manchester in pursuit of getting his career back on track.
So, could Ronaldo follow Mourinho to Old Trafford? Well, according to Balague, the Real Madrid star has made it 'abundantly clear' that he doesn't want to play for the revered manager again.
Balague, writing in his column for Yahoo, stated: "And what of Manchester United, I hear you ask? The fans definitely want him although I’m fairly sure his present plight will not have escaped the attention of the movers and shakers in the Theatre of Dreams.
"Unless of course you have just returned from another galaxy, you’ll be aware that there is much talk about Jose Mourinho replacing Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
"But let’s be clear about this. That’s all there has been to date; talk; tittle-tattle; gossip. And despite the fact that Mourinho is gagging for the job, there is as yet NO agreement in place between himself and Manchester United.
"That isn’t to say that he won’t eventually get the job, but if he does – and here’s the rub – one player that definitely won’t be joining Manchester United will be Ronaldo who has made it abundantly clear that he does not want to play for the Portuguese coach again."
United need Mourinho
Ultimately, it appears that the duo of Mourinho and Ronaldo won't be lining up in Manchester next season, but the dynamic clearly needs to change at the club.
United are a long way off what they used to be and the addition of Mourinho would only benefit them as they go in search of getting back to their best.
Mourinho has had his troubles throughout his career - his last few months at Chelsea stand out, of course - but he has a point to prove. United could benefit from that.
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