GARETH BALE bagged a brace as Real Madrid silenced critics with a 7-1 win against Deportivo.
Looking like a prize-fighter rather than a prize-winning forward, Ronaldo was led from the field by Madrid's doctor and borrowed a phone that seemingly belonged to the medic to inspect the damage - surely an act more concerned with surgery than selfies.
The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Don Balón, Liverpool will jump ahead of Manchester United and Spurs in the race to sign the former Premier League ace, as Real president Florentino Perez looks to form a new attacking trident and sell off the decorated "BBC".
A Bale header later made it 3-1 to Real and that was his ninth goal in all competitions this season, matching his return from last season.
The 27-year-old Spanish goalkeeper's contract at Old Trafford is set to expire next summer
The pair enjoyed success together during Mourinho's three-season tenure with Real between 2010 and 2013, as they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup, but they are said not to have enjoyed the best of relationships.
He might have been injured for the majority of the campaign, but Bale is now Real Madrid's top scorer in La Liga this season.
Jurgen Klopp, however, has made no mention of Bale as a potential target, nor has the Welshman made any indication of a desire to join the Reds.
Zidane said his "BBC" strike force of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were fit to play, though he did not reveal if he would field the trio, who have not started a game together since facing Barcelona in April a year ago.
Madrid took the game to their opponents from the restart and had a couple chances for left back Marcelo and also Cristiano Ronaldo before Nacho found the back of the net for the equalising goal 1-1 after 31 minutes.