​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that ​Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo loves the club but will not hesitate to score against them, when the two teams meet at Old Trafford in the Champions League.

Ronaldo is making a return to Old Trafford with the Juventus team, having made the switch to the Italian side in the summer, and the fans are set to give him a grand welcome. 

Mourinho has insisted that while the player still loves the club, it will not stop from scoring and performing at the highest level against them, as that’s what top players do.

"He came back with me in Real Madrid. It was a knockout match and I know how much he loves Manchester United. I know that, but I also know how much he wanted to win here and score against Manchester United and win against Manchester United," Mourinho told United's website, according to ​Four Four Two.

"He scored, and they won. So, [on Tuesday], more of the same. The fans will show the respect he deserves. He will show that to the fans too. I know that he really loves the club but when the ball starts rolling, he wants to score, and he wants to win."

"You cannot be in the Champions League and expect not to play and not to enjoy these opponents," he said. "I think they are always a candidate [to win] and, this season, they are more than a candidate. So, it's fantastic for us.

"I said before the Chelsea game that Chelsea-Juventus in three days, for some, is a nightmare. For me, it's not a nightmare, it's just where I want to be, and I thought I was quite successful in giving this feeling to the boys before the Chelsea match. I think it's easier now to give the same feeling for this match and we have to enjoy it. Nobody can kill our desire to play that game and try to win.

"In this moment, Juventus are with different footballistic power but, as I'm saying, nobody can stop us going into the game and to think we can win," he concluded.