Carragher makes Everton comparison as Ronaldo return made Man Utd look like ‘small club’

Jamie Carragher has argued that Manchester United were made to look like a “small club” when they decided to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back.

After his spells at Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo returned to the Red Devils last summer. A fee of around £13.5m plus add-ons was paid by Man Utd.

The forward has been criticised by some this season but he has been one of few bright sparks for United.

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The 37-year-old scored his 24th goal of the season on Monday night as Man Utd beat Brentford 3-0 at Old Trafford.

Carragher has often questioned United’s decision to re-sign Ronaldo and he did so again on Monday. He does not feel that they “should not be buying a 37-year-old”:

“My problem has always been with Man United for buying Cristiano Ronaldo. One of the biggest clubs in the world should not be buying a 37-year-old,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that they should move him on, but right now, there are so many problems – ‘I need to get a midfielder, I need to get a centre-back.’ We’ve seen this season that when Ronaldo doesn’t play or gets brought off, it’s a massive story.

“If you bring in strikers, are they to play or back up Ronaldo? If you’re the new manager, you might think you don’t need that on your plate.

“They’ve got other problems. Would Liverpool ring back Luis Suarez? I don’t think so. United should be getting Erling Haaland. Man City are getting him.

“It’s like United are a small club. It’s like when Rooney went back to Everton. It was just to lift the fans.”

Carragher also thinks it’s “nonsense” that Ralf Rangnick will be managing Austria next season.

The former Liverpool defender said on Sky Sports: “Ralf Rangnick isn’t really a manager, he’s a director of football, he’s someone who helps the coaches or builds the club.

“I’ll be honest with you I just don’t get that. I don’t think you can be manager of Austria and work for Manchester United.

“He can work for Manchester United in that role…well that’s wrong. That should not be happening.

“The manager of Austria should not be working part time for Manchester United. That’s just a nonsense! It’s one or the other.”


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