Jamie Carragher: Manchester United made a mistake re-signing Ronaldo


Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United made a mistake in signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

The Portuguese forward has scored some important goals for the Red Devils but the team has yet to gel as a whole, something which Carragher believes the former Real Madrid star is to blame for.

“United made a mistake re-signing Ronaldo last summer. It will be a bigger one keeping him next season,’ he wrote in his column for The Telegraph.

“United scored 121 in all competitions in 2020/21, their highest tally for 14 years, That is because they were a more balanced, unified team than now,” he added.

“There is the noise generated every time after another disappointing result. There is noise every time a story is leaked about him “considering his future” at the end of the season.

“And there is noise when we notice the underwhelmed reaction whenever United scores and Ronaldo is not the goalscorer, as was the case when Marcus Rashford struck a last-minute winner against West Ham in January.

“When a manager leaves out a 37-year-old, there should not be any noise.

“No single player can ever be bigger than the club. And no one knew that better than Sir Alex Ferguson who, in 2006, sold one of the Premier League’s most prolific goalscorers, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, because he felt the striker’s personal hunger for goals was inhibiting the progress of younger, emerging team-mates.

“If his United reunion is limited to one season, letting him go will solve more problems than it creates,” Carragher wrote.

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