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Manchester United’s decision to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club has been criticized by Paul Merson.
United moved quickly on Friday to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford after asking to leave Juventus.
Red Devils officials quickly made his interest known to his agent Jorge Mendes, and Man City also offered the forward.
But after talking to Sir Alex Ferguson, City knew their race had been run and pulled out of a potential move, leaving the road clear for United.
A transfer fee of around € 15 million has been agreed. With a potential for € 8 million. More in addition,
Sky Sports postponement Ronaldo will have a doctor in Lisbon this weekend as he closes in on a sensational homecoming
Personal terms on a two-year agreement are agreed in principle, while the player must use a visa.
But while his return has been met by a fanfare, Merson has suggested the striker will be “nowhere near” the player he was in his first term at the club.
Asked for a percentage of where Ronaldo is now compared to his look, Merson said: “Not close, maybe 50%. His numbers are still phenomenal, he scored again in Italy and he has done so wherever he has been.
“But he is 36 years old. And if he does this season in the Premier League, you have to say he’s close to not being a human!
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Set an example
“For every kid in Man Utd – Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, I do not know if that puts them back a notch with Ronaldo coming in. But this is a player you can see and say that this is how I have to live my life for the next 10 years to be the best.
“He wants to be an example in that way.
“Will he win the league for Man Utd? I want to say ‘no’. I think he will play midfielder and now Edinson Cavani will think ‘why did I sign another year?’.
“It’s going to be tough. Why not go get Harry Kane? Kane is a three or four-year option.
“This is only a big thing for one season; he turns 37 in February. It does not matter how you stay in shape.
“His standards were up there and he was unplayable and I do not see how that will be the case in the Premier League.”
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