Cristiano Ronaldo ’causes as many problems as he solves’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he CANNOT make Man United a title-winning unit and he could upset their other superstars, says Jamie Carragher
- Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United during the summer
- He got off to a good start by scoring three goals in his first two games back
- However, Jamie Carragher believes Ronaldo’s signing could cause problems
- Ronaldo’s addition could affect other players at the club
- Carragher believes other teams are in a better position to fight for the title
Jamie Carragher has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United this season will ’cause as many problems as it solves’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ronaldo made a stunning move to Old Trafford at the end of the summer transfer window, 12 years after leaving the club to build a record-breaking career.
The 36-year-old has wasted no time in winning United by scoring two goals in a win over Newcastle before adding one in a shocking 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys.
Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time getting off goal for Manchester United
Jamie Carragher believes Ronaldo’s signing could cause ‘as many problems as it solves’
Carragher in his column for the Telegraph has wondered if Ronaldo’s arrival brings them closer to the challenge for their first title since 2013.
He said: “Despite all the understandable euphoria at Old Trafford with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, his signing causes as many problems as it solves for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Ronaldo could prove to be a better asset to the Premier League than to Manchester United.”
There is euphoria over Ronaldo’s return to the club after 12 years of absence
Despite scoring on Tuesday, Ronaldo and United fell to a shocking 2-1 defeat to Young Boys
He added: “The broader question for United is whether the arrival of Ronaldo will bring them closer to a team that can win the title and the Champions League again.
“Based on the first few games, even though they’ve won three of their first five games, I’d say no. Ronaldo’s match-winning ability will inevitably make United stronger. What his arrival alone cannot do is make United a title-winning unit or impose the signature style of play they still lack.”
Carragher compared Manchester United to their other likely title challengers this season at Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
The former Liverpool defender stated that while the other three teams have a ‘recognizable and solid’ style, Manchester United are a team of brilliant individuals who ‘need to be molded into a collective force’.
Despite a disappointing start in the Champions League, the Red Devils have made a promising start in the Premier League where they top the table on goal difference with 10 points out of a possible 12.
Carragher believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team should be ‘transformed into a collective force’
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have a ‘recognizable and fixed’ style of play
Ronaldo wasn’t the only big name to join United this summer, with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane also joining the club for a lot of money.
However, Carragher believes the addition of Ronaldo could have an impact on Sancho’s place in the team, despite signing from Borussia Dortmund for £73million.
He said: “The most direct impact is on Sancho, who is now fighting with Greenwood for his favorite position on the right.
“He played on the left wing in his first two appearances at United, switching wing mid-week before being substituted early when the team was reduced to ten men.
“There are also consequences for Pogba. After his encouraging start, he was back in midfield against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle and for the final hour in the midweek when we saw the same flaws that characterized his United career.
Ronaldo’s addition means Jadon Sancho will battle for a seat against Mason Greenwood
Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani could also be affected by Ronaldo’s return to the squad
Where will Marcus Rashford fit in the equation on his return from injury? And then there’s Edinson Cavani, whom Solskjaer talked about in his last press conference. It sounds like the manager doesn’t want any of his stars to feel like they’re backups.”
Ronaldo returned to United for £12.8 million after three seasons with Italy’s Juventus.
Carragher’s comments come after similar comments from fellow Sky Sports pundit and Ronaldo’s former United team-mate Gary Neville.
Neville told Sky Sports News after the signing: “The big question every Manchester United fan, probably every fan in the Premier League, will be: is it enough for them to fight for the title and win the title?
‘I don’t feel like it is. I still feel there are a few teams that are better. I think the Premier League is the strongest since the mid-2000s.”
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