Manchester United beat Manchester City to the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by "behaving differently", according to Juventus Director of Football Federico Cherubini.
City were in advanced talks with the Portuguese forward over a sensational move as transfer Deadline Day loomed before United got wind and made their own approach.
That brought an end to interest from the Etihad and paved the way for Ronaldo to complete a dramatic return to Old Trafford 12 years after leaving the club.
Now, Juventus claim United had another advantage over City as they were prepared to pay a fee for the 36-year-old, whereas Pep Guardiola's side wanted him for free.
Speaking to Tuttosport, Cherubini aimed a little dig at City, hinting they weren't prepared to pay a penny for Ronaldo and that United were a 'club with tradition.'
He said: "There weren’t the right conditions to do so [sell Ronaldo to City].
"Manchester United behaved differently, as a club with tradition. There couldn’t be a different end, given the way Ronaldo had spoken to us. We couldn’t force a player to stay in a context that he didn’t recognise anymore.
"We respect Ronaldo, but I share the same view as our President: ‘Juventus’ history is made by great champions, coaches and directors, but the club remains the most important thing.
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"I must say that sometimes in the past, we had to pay to part ways with some players," the Old Lady’s director said.
"In this case, with other clubs [City], we wouldn’t be able to get anything at all."
Ronaldo is expected to make his second United debut on Saturday at home to Newcastle.
The Portuguese is doing everything he can to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should start the match
"I am experienced, I will be prepared", Ronaldo said. "I am going to pressure Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] to start in the XI.
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"It is a good feeling to come back here [to Old Trafford] because I know the people here are different.
"Since I touched the ground from the airport, I feel the people's emotions."
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