Paul Merson expects Cristiano Ronaldo to depart Manchester United this summer season (Footage: Sky Sports activities/Getty)
Portugal legend Ronaldo has scored 18 objectives in 30 matches since returning to Previous Trafford final summer season, together with a brilliant hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Tottenham.
Merson was not shocked by Ronaldo’s hat-trick however believes his objectives are papering over the cracks at Manchester United, with the crew still largely struggling this season regardless of the Portuguese’s arrival.
The previous Arsenal and England winger expects Ronaldo to be moved on earlier than the beginning of subsequent season and says Manchester United cannot win the Premier League with the 37-year-old within the facet.
‘You by no means know what Manchester United crew’s going to show up,’ Merson wrote in a column for Sky Sports.
‘I at all times thought the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t nice. He will get a hat-trick on Saturday and everyone’s going mad, however put the ball within the field and Ronaldo will rating objectives. It’s easy.
‘The header didn’t shock me one iota. He’s the very best header of the ball on this planet. He hangs within the air, however you’ve acquired to place the ball within the field.
Arsenal legend Merson has accused Ralf Rangnick of being ‘weak’ (Image: Getty)
‘He’s not going to do two foot-overs, beat two gamers after which smash the ball within the high nook – these days are gone.
‘However put the ball within the field and the person is the very best finisher there’s ever been. You possibly can’t rating that many objectives should you’re not finisher.
‘Do I believe he’ll nonetheless be there subsequent season? No, completely not. I’d be shocked if he was nonetheless there.’
Manchester United have been linked with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag as they search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s everlasting substitute at Previous Trafford.
Merson says United’s subsequent supervisor is not going to be as ‘tender’ as Solskjaer or interim boss Rangnick and says Ronaldo’s presence has had a damaging affect on a number of of his teammates.
‘I don’t suppose the supervisor who’s coming in goes to be as tender. I don’t suppose it’s going to work with him. If you wish to win the Premier League, that isn’t occurring.
‘I believed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was weak, I believe Ralf Rangnick is weak with the best way it’s occurred.
‘Somebody who’s coming in has acquired to be majorly sturdy. You’re not going to win the league with a 37-year-old up entrance for my part.
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‘The worrying factor for Man Utd is he’s their greatest participant and high scorer. You possibly can’t say he hasn’t been successful – he’s the highest scorer at Man Utd, the most important membership on this planet, and he’s 37.
‘However you’ve acquired to place it in perspective – Man Utd are there to win trophies, not simply make numbers up and attempt to get fourth.
‘He’s most likely finished his job however him doing his job hasn’t helped anyone else. It’d sound foolish as a result of he’s finished effectively, however which means nobody else has finished effectively.’
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