‘Man United made a MISTAKE re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer… and not selling him now would be a BIGGER one’, says Jamie Carragher, in damning look at the ‘problems’ and ‘noise’ he creates
- Manchester United re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo on deadline day in August
- Jamie Carragher thinks it was a mistake to bring him back to Old Trafford
- He believes Ronaldo has created issues at United with some of his actions
- Carragher feels the Red Devils should sell Ronaldo at the end of the season
Jamie Carragher thinks Manchester United made an error when they re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo in August, and has urged the club to sell him this summer.
After departing Old Trafford 12 years earlier, Ronaldo arrived back at United to plenty of fanfare on deadline day in the summer transfer window.
He has since gone on to score 15 goals across all competitions for the Red Devils, and he found the net for the first time in 2022 in his latest outing against Brighton.
Jamie Carragher believes it was a mistake on Man United’s part to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo
However, despite these numbers, Carragher insists that United should not have brought Ronaldo back to the club, and believes it would be best if the two parties go their separate ways at the end of the season.
‘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 TheTelegraph.
Clarifying his position, Carragher acknowledged that Ronaldo is still ‘one of the ultimate goalscorers’, but pointed out that United proved they can score goals without him last season, before claiming the Portuguese forward has disrupted the balance of the side over the past six months .
Ronaldo has cut a frustrated figure this season, and has not been afraid to show his annoyance
‘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.
With Ronaldo still having over a year left on his contract, plus the option of a further season, Carragher is well aware that it may not be easy for his current employers to let him go.
He feels that some of Ronaldo’s actions have caused unnecessary issues this season, though, and is adamant that United would be better off without him.
‘There is 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 score and Ronaldo is not the goalscorer, as was the case when Marcus Rashford struck a last-minute winner against West Ham in January.
Sir Alex Ferguson sold Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Carragher feels United should offload Ronaldo
‘When a manager leaves out a 37-year-old, there shouldn’t 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 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.