Soccer Analyst Believes Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Played’ Manchester United Into Signing Him

Published 10/21/2021, 1:09 PM EDT
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Manchester United have been a shadow of their former selves since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. United have had three different managers since, but none got the desired results. Things looked to be heading in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and this season was supposed to be the ‘make or break’. Then came Cristiano Ronaldo.

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With the arrival of the Portuguese, many thought United would become instant favorites for the title. However, it hasn’t been the fairytale that was expected. United have looked unstructured and volatile in their opening matches of the season and Ronaldo, while grabbing headlines, has been severely criticized. Moreover, pundits are even suggesting that Ronaldo lured them to sign him up.

 

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Is signing Cristiano Ronaldo a boon or a bane?

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson spoke about whether United really needed to sign Ronaldo. Merson talked about the impact he has had on the team and how things were not working for the club. Before United signed Ronaldo, he was linked to rivals, Manchester City. Merson believes that the speculation with City prompted United to move in for Cristiano.

“Manchester United have brought all these players in and you’re left scratching your head as to where Solskjaer fits them all in.”

“To this day I still don’t get the Ronaldo signing. Hand on heart, would Manchester United have gone and got him if Manchester City weren’t linked? Was Ronaldo even going to City, or was he just playing them to get back to United?” said Merson.

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Although it may just be a hunch, Ronaldo’s signing has raised eyebrows for many people. Interestingly, similar concerns were also raised when United signed Brazilian midfielder Fred and Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who were both initially linked with the blue half of Manchester.

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United are in big trouble

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When the club signed Ronaldo, fans thought they were getting the old version of CR7. However, times have changed. Gone are the days when he effortlessly dribbled past opponents. The player has adapted his game to become one of the feared forwards in the world.

Solskjaer is trying hard to incorporate key players into the squad, but it does not seem to be working. Ronaldo needs a tactical set-up to accommodate his tendencies, which include a lack of pressing from the front. So far, Ole has been unable to provide that.

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Thus, Ronaldo’s arrival has made a significant impact on the club, but in terms of results, they are not performing well. Ole will need to figure out how to integrate the big signing quickly to salvage United’s season.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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