CHRIS SUTTON: Cristiano Ronaldo’s return won’t put Manchester United in the mix for the title

CHRIS SUTTON: Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is great for Manchester United, but it does NOT put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the mix for the title

  • Redrawing Cristiano Ronaldo won’t make Manchester United title contenders
  • I still consider Romelu Lukaku the most influential asset of the summer
  • Ronaldo’s move becomes an unwanted sideshow or an absolute success
  • Commercially, Ronaldo’s return to United is a great move for the club
  • READ: Cristiano Ronaldo seals sensational return to Manchester United


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The return of Cristiano Ronaldo is commercially great for Manchester United. I’m sure Ed Woodward is ecstatic at the prospect of the opportunities this will bring.

In terms of social media, this is the most followed man on the planet. Ronaldo has 333 million followers on Instagram, 149 million on Facebook and 94 million on Twitter.

It’s romantic as hell for him to return to Old Trafford at the end of his career. But for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the key question is this: is he the man United will win the Premier League?

Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United doesn't make them title contenders

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United doesn’t make them title contenders

My answer to that is: I’m not so sure. Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are still the teams to beat in my opinion. Juventus signed Ronaldo because they wanted to win, remember.

They finished fourth in Serie A last season and did not progress beyond the eighth final of the Champions League in his two years there. On Friday afternoon, before the Ronaldo news broke, I considered Romelu Lukaku the most influential asset of the summer.

I still do. United are hopeful that they will equalize with Chelsea by making this move for Ronaldo as No. 9, or even improving them, and no one can deny his phenomenal career and numbers. The last time he had a League season under 20 goals was in 2008-09, wearing a United shirt.

Chelsea's purchase of Romelu Lukaku is still the most influential signing of the summer

Chelsea's purchase of Romelu Lukaku is still the most influential signing of the summer

Chelsea’s purchase of Romelu Lukaku is still the most influential signing of the summer

It will be interesting to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handles Ronaldo and his personality

It will be interesting to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handles Ronaldo and his personality

It will be interesting to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handles Ronaldo and his personality

He has adapted his game from the skilled winger he once was. He will be a fox in the box with that huge jump of his.

Hanging in the air, Michael Jordan would be proud. Solskjaer needs a trophy; nothing less.

It will be interesting to see how he handles Ronaldo as he is one of the strongest personalities in the sport. Time will tell if he is the final piece of the puzzle for United.

But I think this can only be done in two ways. It becomes an unwanted sideshow or an absolute success.

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