The Spain striker appears increasingly likely to leave Real Madrid this summer in search of regular first-team football.
With United able to offer him a starring role at Old Trafford and seemingly prepared to put him more or less on par with Paul Pogba's reported wages from next season, it seems unlikely they'll be unable to agree terms with Morata himself, if they haven't already.
That has contributed to United's delay in concluding a deal for Morata, with Ronaldo's bombshell forcing them to re-think their summer plans.
Chelsea are in the hunt for Everton's Romelu Lukaku as doubts surround the future of Diego Costa, but Morata is also a target and will cost substantially less than the £100million the Toffees want for their prized asset.
But Morata clearly considered - and perhaps still does as the deal rumbles on into next week - a move to Chelsea earlier this year.
Morata, in an interview, said, "I feel indebted to him (Conte) because he's the coach that most trusted in me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level". I spoke directly to Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, although the norm is clubs call my dad or agent.
Their need is even more pressing after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure, with the 35-year-old having netted 17 of those goals. He knows me better than I could imagine, I'm sure, and that's important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.