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Graeme Souness believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United may not be as spectacular as it looks on paper.
This summer’s transfer window took a huge turn on Friday afternoon after Ronaldo’s sensational switch back to Old Trafford. On Thursday, the former Juventus star appeared to sign for Manchester City. After intervention by Bruno Fernandes and Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo chose United.
The transfer has further marked the summer window as one of the most memorable in recent times.
Not only has Ronaldo moved, but football icon Lionel Messi has moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. In addition, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland were able to make late shifts.
As for Ronaldo, he adds a strong attack for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær. In fact, he has followed the new signing Jadon Sancho to Manchester with Mason Greenwood among other strikers.
Shortly after, United announced him, but Souness revealed his concerns about Ronaldo’s return.
He told talkSPORT: “I do not think he is suitable [for City], ”Said Souness.
“If you think about what it looked like Sergio Aguero was not really Pep Guardiola’s cup of tea because he did not do the work behind the ball, he did not put players under pressure out of possession – Ronaldo is certainly not going to give it to you. . ”
He added: “Every successful team has players where everyone is working to get the ball back.
“The top teams have no passengers and if you take Ronaldo at this point, he will not give you the hard yards.
“I doubt it. Juventus took him to win the Champions League, but he will not be the difference in the big games. ”
Liverpool star behind Ronaldo fear
Souness also wondered if Ronaldo would fight Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman has returned from a long-term knee injury to hold two nights in two Premier League matches this season.
“He wants to score goals he wants because he has a brain and he has been so athletic throughout his career,” the expert said.
“But in the bigger matches against the better midfielders … imagine pitting him against Virgil van Dijk!
“Plus, I think the legacy he created at Man United is very important to him and it goes out the window overnight if he signs for Man City.”
Gary Neville has also revealed a concern for the tip, who turned 36 in February.