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The British tactician is convinced that the Portuguese striker returning to Old Trafford will turn the Red Devils into title challengers
Steven Polack believes the shocking return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United will push the side to challenge the Premier League title this season.
On Friday, the Red Devils confirmed that they had agreed a deal to sign the Portuguese striker from Juventus after rivals Manchester City reportedly withdrew from the race.
According to the former Gor Mahia coach, the 36-year-old’s return to Old Trafford, where he played between 2003 and 2009, will give United a chance to challenge the Premier League crown, which they last won in the 2012-13 campaign in the last season of Sir Alex Ferguson’s term of office.
Polack, however, insists United will not have it easy by getting their hands on the title and anticipates fierce competition from Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool.
What did Polack say?
“Nothing is guaranteed but with him [Ronaldo] to be there, they have a great chance and should be challenging for the title, ”Polack said Goal on Saturday when asked if United are now favorites to win the league.
“But it will be interesting, you have Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool, I think it will be tight, it will not be a walk in the park, but I can guarantee you that they will challenge for the title. ”
Whether it was a good move for United to bring Ronaldo back, Polack said: “It is a good move for both sides, he is a legend from United and one of the best players in the world. He is a proven goal scorer and a winner.
“Surely he will help the team; he is a top player and that is what top players do and on the commercial side it is very good and also for the league. ”
Ronaldo is now better than he was
Regarding whether United fans should expect to see the same Ronaldo as one of the previous periods at Old Trafford, the British tactician said: “People talk about his age, it’s just a number and he is fit and takes good care of himself. itself .
“He is more experienced more now, he has improved since leaving United, look at his statistics Juventus 98 matches 81 goals, Real Madrid 292 matches 311 goals, United 292 matches 118 goals, Portugal 179 matches 109 goals.
“So that says he’s a proven goal scorer and shows he’s still at a good level.”
Announcing Ronaldo’s arrival, United said in a statement: “Manchester United are delighted to confirm that the club have reached an agreement with Juventus on the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, provided personal terms, visas and a doctor have been agreed.
Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five Uefa Champions League titles, four Fifa Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy and the European Championships for its home country Portugal. ”