‘Man Utd would still struggle with peak Cristiano Ronaldo’

Joe Williams
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus

Manchester United would still find themselves “off the pace” in the Premier League with Cristiano Ronaldo firing on all cylinders for them, according to Lee Sharpe.

The Red Devils could only manage a 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League last night as they await their first triumph on the road since March’s remarkable Champions League victory over Paris St Germain.

United have only picked up nine points from their opening seven fixtures and find themselves in tenth position in the Premier League standings.

On whether the current United tram would still struggle with Ronaldo in their side, Sharpe told MetaRatings: “I think [United] would still be off the pace, but they wouldn’t be that far off with someone scoring 25-30 goals a season.

“We saw that with Liverpool with [Luis] Suarez a few seasons ago, how much it changes things.

“If you’ve got a player that can run from the halfway line and score when you’re under the cosh.

“And someone that can score tap-ins, headers, volleys and from outside of the box, an array of goals that can come from one player, then you’re always in with a chance.

“The amount of chances you’ll create at a club like United, chances are that you’re going to score more than you’ll concede.

“If you’ve got a Ronaldo or a [Lionel] Messi, even a Harry Kane, then you’re never going to be too far off the pace.”