Mour­inho rules out Ron­aldo move af­ter United rout Gal­axy

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Jose Mour­inho ruled out any at­tempt to bring Cris­tiano Ron­aldo back to Old Traf­ford af­ter Manch­ester United opened their US tour here Satur­day with a 5-2 rout of the Los An­ge­les Gal­axy. United man­ager Mour­inho is keen to bol­ster his ranks fur­ther af­ter al­ready strength­en­ing his squad with the ad­di­tions of Vic­tor Lin­de­lof and Romelu Lukaku. But the Por­tuguese man­ager poured cold wa­ter on the pos­si­bil­ity of an at­tempt to prise United leg­end Ron­aldo away from Real Madrid. “I’m not go­ing to waste my time think­ing about play­ers who are mis­sion im­pos­si­ble,” Mour­inho told re­porters af­ter the win. Ear­lier, Eng­land striker Mar­cus Rash­ford scored twice with Marouane Fel­laini, An­thony Mar­tial and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan bag­ging United’s other goals in a one-sided vic­tory in front of 25,667 fans at the StubHub Cen­ter. New striker Lukaku was un­able to get in on the goals af­ter a 45minute de­but in the sec­ond half. Lukaku missed one golden chance four min­utes into his United de­but, with his shot saved by Gal­axy goal­keeper Brian Rowe. How­ever Mour­inho was sat­is­fied with Lukaku’s “un­selfish” dis­play in lead­ing the line. “Lukaku is a tar­get man, he plays with his back to op­po­nents,” Mour­inho said. “A good thing to­day for me is to see that he’s a team player. He’s not self­ish. He’s not ob­sessed with goals.

“He was not that wor­ried about him­self, he was wor­ried about the im­prove­ment of the team.” Rash­ford mean­while re­minded Mour­inho of his eye for goal with a con­fi­dent first-half dis­play. The teenager opened the scor­ing af­ter only two min­utes, pun­ish­ing an er­ror from Ariel Las­siter near the Gal­axy penalty area to dart in on goal and place his fin­ish be­yond goal­keeper Jon Kempin. The 19-year-old dou­bled his tally in the 20th minute, latch­ing onto a clever pass from Juan Mata to make it 2-0.

RASH­FORD ‘STILL GROW­ING’

Mour­inho later re­vealed that Rash­ford, who looks to have added a phys­i­cal di­men­sion to his game, was still grow­ing. “It’s just the nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of a kid,” Mour­inho said. “He’s al­ready taller than when I ar­rived 13 months ago. He’s three cen­time­ters taller. He’s put on some mus­cle but with­out any kind of spe­cific work be­cause his speed is his most im­por­tant qual­ity and we don’t want to lose that.” Marouane Fel­laini en­sured United had a 3-0 lead at half-time tuck­ing a low shot past the hap­less Kempin af­ter good work down the left flank by Jesse Lin­gard. Mour­inho changed his en­tire line-up at half-time, mir­ror­ing whole­sale changes made by the Gal­axy. United got their fourth of the night on 67 min­utes when Mar­tial burst for­ward and threaded a pass to Mkhi­taryan who made no mis­take with a con­fi­dent low strike.—AFP

CAR­SON: Manch­ester United Romelu Lukaku (C) kicks the ball against Los An­ge­les Gal­axy dur­ing the sec­ond half of a na­tional friendly soc­cer game at StubHub Cen­ter on Satur­day in Car­son, Cal­i­for­nia. Manch­ester United won 5-2. — AFP

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