Graeme Souness insists Cristiano Ronaldo DO make Manchester United title challengers because ‘he’s on another planet’ and will help improve their star players who ‘already think they’re the real deal’
- Graeme Souness believes only Lionel Messi can have a similar impact at a club
- Cristiano Ronaldo can’t play against Wolves because his signing hasn’t been confirmed
- However, he could make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle
- Souness also believes having Ronaldo will reduce Red Devils draws
Graeme Souness believes the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United’s attacking arsenal makes them title contenders.
Ronaldo made a sensational return to the Red Devils on Friday night, despite grumblings earlier in the day that he would be moving to arch-rival Manchester City.
The 36-year-old isn’t ready to face Wolves on Sunday afternoon, as his signing has yet to be formally confirmed, but he is expected to make his second Old Trafford debut against Newcastle on Saturday, September 11, after the international break.
Graeme Souness thinks the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by Manchester United is important
Ronaldo will make his second debut for the club against Newcastle on September 11.
“I see him making a difference for them,” Souness, the former Liverpool European Cup captain, told Sky Sports ahead of United’s trip to Molineux.
“I think there are two, three or four players in the Man United dressing room who need him.
“Only he or (Lionel) Messi entering the dressing room would make up for their game.
“Some of the players in that dressing room feel like they’re there, they’re the real deal and nobody can tell them anything. But they will improve with Ronaldo there.
Souness believes the 36-year-old’s presence in Carrington will raise standards in training
Souness also believes having Ronaldo will result in far fewer than 11 league appearances this season
“You don’t stand a chance unless you sign senior pros and Man United have just signed the ultimate. The training will be different and the attitude of the players will be different.
“I see United fighting for the championship with him on the team, because they had 11 draws last season. They won’t have it now because he’s on another planet.’
A win for the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could potentially put them second behind unlikely early pacers Tottenham as they maintained their 100% record with a 1-0 win over Watford.