Manchester United have a “major problem” with Cristiano Ronaldo, who does not make them a “better team”, according to Graeme Souness.
The Red Devils were demolished at Old Trafford by Liverpool on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as the Reds ran out 5-0 victors.
It was an embarrassing day for Man Utd and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who described it as “the darkest day” of his career.
United’s pressing game has been called into question in recent weeks, and Ronaldo’s contribution on that front has also been criticised.
When asked if the Portugal superstar makes the Red Devils a better team, Souness replied: “No. Can I start off by saying how many people can sit in a room and say they’ve been the best player in the world, or the best ever, he can genuinely have that conversation with anybody that’s kicked a ball.
“In terms of him making them a better team, no. I think Manchester United have a major problem now.
“They have to play a way Ole doesn’t want to play. If you’re pressing, you can only press when every single player takes part and he won’t do that, so they can’t be that high pressing team that Liverpool are, that Manchester City are, that many of the best teams are playing right now.
“He will score goals and excite the crowd, but I don’t think you can start every single game with him. Liverpool will be able to get out at Manchester United, I imagine. They will be able to pass their way out from the back – and that will cause United a problem.”
“His presence creates more problems than it solves,” Murphy wrote in the Daily Mail.
“United scored plenty without him and Ronaldo’s arrival has impacted on game-time for others.
“Mason Greenwood would have had more time at centre-forward, allowing Jadon Sancho to play more on the right-wing and bed-in better than he has done.”