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‘Man Utd Would Struggle With Peak Ronaldo!’ – Sharpe Suggests Bale Should Be Targeted

4 October 2019 Sport

The ex-Red Devils winger says even a Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo could not close the gap which is opening up between those at Old Trafford and their rivals

Manchester United would be off the pace even if they had a peak Ronaldo on their books, says Lee Sharpe, with the Red Devils lacking the quality required to compete with the best.

When a Portuguese superstar was on the books at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson boasted a star-studded squad that was the envy of rivals around the world.

That is no longer the case, with a serious slump having left United playing catch-up at home and abroad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been charged with the task of overseeing a rebuilding job, but he is considered to be working with a side that is a long way short of where it needs to be.

Former Red Devils winger Sharpe feels even five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo would not be the answer, telling 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.”

Gareth Bale

United were keen on bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford when it became clear that he wanted out of Real Madrid in 2018. He ended up heading to Serie A champions Juventus instead, with Sharpe conceding that the Red Devils remain short of world-class talent.

Quizzed on whether those qualities can be found in the United ranks and what could be done to address the faults, the ex-England international said:

“I think [Paul] Pogba can on his day and we’ve seen that a bit, but that’s probably because the team that he’s playing in isn’t as strong as the teams that [Wayne] Rooney and Ronaldo played in, so it hasn’t allowed it to happen.


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