MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho chose to sign Romelu Lukaku because of fears about Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.
Manchester United beat Chelsea to Lukaku in the summer, signing the Belgium international from Everton for a huge £75million fee.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful first season at Old Trafford, scoring 19 goals from 36 games to propel Mourinho’s side to second in the Premier League table.
And the Manchester Evening News report United chose to sign Lukaku because they had doubts about Ronaldo wanting to return from Real Madrid.
The 33-year-old’s future was the source of much discussion back in the summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly keen to turn his back on the La Liga giants after being accused of tax evasion by the authorities.
The player himself added fuel to the fire when he said he wanted to return to England in the middle of his court case.
And United, inevitably, were linked with a sensational swoop.
The Red Devils have been tipped to bring Ronaldo back to England ever since he quit the club for Real Madrid back in the summer of 2009.
But the MEN say they feared missing out on Lukaku by focusing on their former star.
As a result, the 24-year-old came in while Ronaldo ended up staying at Real.
And a deal to bring the Portugal international back to Old Trafford now appears dead in the water.
Speaking at the weekend, Mourinho ruled out signing another attacker for his squad after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal last month.
”I think in attack it’s difficult for us to improve,” Mourinho said.
“Where are we going to get a better combination of players than we have? We cannot buy Messi and Cristiano. These are the best players of the last decade.
“In attack, we have an amazing group of players.”