Ronaldo at Man Utd ‘creates more problems than it solves’ – pundit

Date published: Sunday 24th October 2021 1:02 - Jason Soutar

Cristiano Ronaldo complains to the referee

Danny Murphy believes the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo ‘creates problems’ for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ronaldo joined from Juventus in the summer transfer window and has scored six goals in nine matches since returning to Old Trafford.

However, the Red Devils are currently on a poor run of form. They have only won three of their last eight matches in all competitions.

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Solskjaer’s men host arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday, and are in dire need of a positive result in the league after their Champions League comeback against Atalanta midweek.

Despite Ronaldo’s decent start to life back in Manchester, ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy believes the 36-year-old comes with baggage.

“His presence creates more problems than it solves,” the 44-year-old 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.”

Murphy isn’t the only pundit to hold an opinion like this. Earlier this month, club legend Gary Neville claimed Ronaldo could “disrupt” the Red Devils dressing room, but not on purpose.

In a Q&A on Instagram, Neville dismissed any notion that Ronaldo would have upset the dynamics in the dressing room on purpose.

“I don’t think Cristiano will disrupt the dressing room at all, purposely,” Neville said on Instagram.

“He may disrupt people naturally through the fact he wants to win and he wants to demand standards from them, but that wouldn’t be disruptive in any strong dressing room. There’s a massive imbalance in Manchester United at the moment, the team has got far too many players who want to get on the ball and not enough players who want to do both sides of the game.

“You could put that down to the players, you could put that down to the manager, he’s got to get more out of them. But when I watch players like Mane, Firmino, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Foden at the other top teams in the league, yesterday evening even watching Loftus-Cheek and Kovacic in midfield, they’re a lot better out of possession than Manchester United are.”


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