Manchester United have been branded ’embarrassing’ by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher after signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer – with the Sky Sports pundit criticizing the club for buying him in ‘a panic’ in August.
Ronaldo joined United from Juventus in August 2021 to end a 13-year hiatus from the club. He has done well in terms of goals this season, scoring 21 times in 35 games for Ralf Rangnick’s men, with a hat-trick against Norwich in his last game.
But the Portuguese hero has failed to coach his teammates despite scoring and has been criticized for his performances in games against Leicester and Everton recently. Despite this, Carragher still believes he has been one of United’s best players in an admittedly mediocre team that continues to falter in the Premier League.
And Carragher thinks it’s a telltale sign of United’s current situation, with the former Liverpool man calling the decision to sign him a ‘joke’. “When you look at the outfield players at Ronaldo and United, he’s always one of the best, if not the best,” Carragher said in a chat with Roy Keane for LADBible TV.
“He’s the one who had four or five moments where you go ‘wow’. That Ronaldo is playing at one of Europe’s top clubs at 37 is unbelievable. That United are buying Ronaldo, I thought it was a joke.
“It was either a panic because they thought they would have Ronaldo – that they were cheated by all the social media, the fans in the first game, I thought that was a bit embarrassing.” Former United captain Roy Keane disagreed on the matter, however, calling his former team-mate’s decision to quit the right one – while acknowledging it was panic buying .
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? I still think it was worth it,” Keane said. something at the party, and I think he did. What happened around him was not good enough.
“I think he could have shown more leadership, he was left out and didn’t play every game, but he still showed moments. The Tottenham game, some of the European games, it was worth the blow. It was a panic, it was the panic.”
Ronaldo spent six seasons at United during his first stint at the club from 2003 to 2009, winning three Premier League titles, a Champions League and a Ballon d’Or at Old Trafford.
A move to Real Madrid followed, where he spent nine years before joining Juventus in 2018 and then returning to Manchester three years later. United fans are hoping he can keep scoring goals if they are to become a major force in football again.