Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United could have a “negative effect” on the club.
Just before the summer transfer window closed, Ronaldo made it clear that he wished to leave Juventus. This was after he grabbed 101 goals and 22 assists from his 134 appearances for the Italian side.
The forward looked likely to join Man City before Man United swooped late on to re-sign him.
Ronaldo is likely to make his second debut for the Red Devils on Saturday as they face Newcastle United.
Ahead of this game, Carragher has been speaking about the attacker’s comeback to United (as cited by The Mirror). Even though he is “one of the greatest players of all time”, the pundit claims that Ronaldo may have a “negative” influence on the team:
“I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them,” Carragher said.
“He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United.”
Carragher was alongside Peter Schmeichel when he made this comment.
The former Man Utd ‘keeper disagreed with his colleague as he suggested that there cannot be a “negative effect” from Ronaldo’s return:
“I don’t think you said anything wrong, but there’s a word that you said: ‘I think it will have’.
“I think you should say, ‘I hope there is a negative effect’. It’s a big, big difference. I don’t think there is a negative effect in that signing.
“I think it’s a marquee signing. It’s one of the best signings that the club has made in 10 years, and it’s something we as fans, we’ve been hoping for something of this calibre.
“People say that he’s way past the sell-by date, that he wasn’t as good as he has been when he was that Juventus.
“But the fact is, in his weak season, which is three years ago at Juventus, he scored 28 goals. Last season he scored 37 goals.
“If you can score half that or add half those goals to a Manchester United season, then it’s going to be a fantastic season.
“Also because of who he is, the experience he has at the international level, it gives us a shot of competing at to the very end in the Champions League.
“PSG this season, it looks on paper, it looks like an unbeatable team but they have got a lot to prove. And so has Liverpool.”