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Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo would like to see Jose Mourinho bring the good times back to Manchester United but has dismissed a possible return to Old Trafford.
Mourinho is closing in on a deal to become the new manager at United and Press Association Sport understands talks continue with intricacies such as image rights believed to be being worked on.
The Red Devils won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal this season but missed out on a place in the Champions League, contributing to the Dutchman losing his job.
Ronaldo said in an interview to be shown by the La Sexta TV station in Spain and quoted in The Sun: "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 that I carry in my heart. I wish Mourinho can carry them back to the top."
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Former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is confident Jose Mourinho can bring the good times back to Old Trafford as he closes in on a deal to take over as manager.
Louis van Gaal was sacked on Monday despite leading the club to the FA Cup and Press Association Sport understands the finer details of a contract for Mourinho are being worked on.
Schmeichel believes a move to appoint Mourinho has been in the works for some time.
He told Sky Sports News:
I'm convinced this has been going on for a long time, with a lot of meetings taking place.
Meetings with Mourinho, what kind of role he should have, how his managerial style is, meetings with Sir Bobby (Charlton), Sir Alex (Ferguson), so he's got a feeling of how he wants the club to go.
I always expected Jose Mourinho to have Manchester United at the very top of his list - his dream job. I think he can be an absolute success but has a lot to prove.
I'm looking forward to this next period and hopefully he will give all fans belief that all is well and they are going in the right direction.
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Jose Mourinho is closing in on a deal to become Manchester United's new manager as talks continue.
Negotiations between the team's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, began yesterday and are set to resume today.
Former Old Trafford boss, Louis van Gaal's turbulent two years with the team was brought to an end on Monday after he was sacked.
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Liverpool and Manchester United have been fined £30,565 each - half of which has been suspended - for illicit chanting by their fans during March's two-legged Europa League clash.
The Reds were fined a further £12,995 for the offences of setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and a late kick-off and ordered to contact United within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by their supporters at Old Trafford.
United were fined £13,751 for the offences of blocking stairways, crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects.
Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body announced 50 per cent of both clubs' fines for illicit chanting were suspended for a probationary period of two years.