Jamie Carragher opines that Man United should not have re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo

The Red Devils have been warned that a five-time Ballon d’Or winner is having a detrimental impact on Ralf Rangnick’s squad

Jamie Carragher has told Manchester United to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid making a “bigger mistake”, with the former Liverpool defender pointing a critical finger at the “CR7 brand”.

The Red Devils have been warned that a five-time Ballon d’Or winner is having a detrimental impact on Ralf Rangnick’s squad

Jamie Carragher has told Manchester United to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid making a “bigger mistake”, with the former Liverpool defender pointing a critical finger at the “CR7 brand”.

United finished second in the Premier League last term but currently sit in fifth under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, and have also suffered early exits in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Ronaldo was criticised for his negative body language during a six-game goal drought before getting back on the scoresheet in spectacular fashion as the Red Devils beat Brighton 2-0 on Tuesday.

Carragher feels the media circus that follows the 37-year-old after every performance is hindering the squad’s overall development, with the ex-Liverpool and England star telling The Telegraph: “Cristiano Ronaldo’s invaluable contribution to Manchester United’s Premier League win over Brighton was another reminder of his unparalleled appetite for goals.

“But it does not change this reality: United made a mistake re-signing Ronaldo last summer. It will be a bigger one keeping him next season.

“Whether United wins, loses or Ronaldo scores or goes through a mini goal-drought, it is still too much about the CR7 brand and not enough about the team. After United’s midweek win, Ronaldo posted on social media about ‘the noise’ around the club. He cannot ignore where a lot of that noise comes from.”

Carragher has expressed concern over Ronaldo’s impact at United on multiple occasions in 2021-22, calling his attitude and lack of work rate out of possession into question.

It has been suggested that the Sky Sports pundit is being too harsh on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but he stands by his comments and believes the Red Devils would be better off if they let him go in the summer.

“There is noise generated every time Ronaldo heads down the tunnel after another disappointing result. There is noise every time a story is leaked about him ‘considering his future’ at the end of the season,” Carragher added.

“Rangnick’s arrival was always going to amplify the situation and become a source of intrigue for tactical connoisseurs. Ronaldo does not press. Even in his prime, he didn’t press.

12 thoughts on “Jamie Carragher opines that Man United should not have re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo”

  1. Was Real Madrid better off without Ronaldo? Was Juve better off without Ronaldo? C Ronaldo is not man United problem. For the young lads in the team playing alongside Ronaldo is enough motivation. Mancity is playing without a recognised striker yet they are way ahead. Check all the goals C Ronaldo has scored how many of them did he score because a through ball was given to him. Goals are been created by team work. Even the defence is week except for De Gear heroics.

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  2. Jamie must leave his nose out of the Red Devils affairs. He achieved nothing at the Scoucers. Now poking his opinion where it doesn’t fit!

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    1. CR7 is an achiever,United players only need to press harder. When I remember the Euro that Portugal won ,you cannot wish away CR7. He is a go-getter.

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  3. I strongly agree with Jamie coz CR7’s coming closed doors for young talent like Greenwood and also deteriorated Cavani’s inspiration trigger

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