May 14, 2021

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Manchester United must ignore Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wish’ and sign Erling Haaland

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Manchester United’s progress this season cannot be underestimated, with the side that swept aside Tottenham at the weekend being unrecognisable from the team that conceded six to Jose Mourinho’s side earlier this season.

Victory in north London has all but secured United’s top-four finish and the Champions League football that comes with it, allowing attention to start to shift towards transfer business.

While there have been times where United‘s transfer business has been mocked by their rivals, that period has gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most recent recruits impressing.

Of course, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek have not played as much as may have been initially expected but the groundwork has been laid for the pair in the coming seasons.


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In regards to Bruno Fernandes, it’s difficult to find a player who has had such a big impact on a club since his arrival – with perhaps the only others being Virgil van Dijk and Alisson following their arrivals at Liverpool.

Then there’s Edinson Cavani, who has been an impactful squad player, while Amad has shone in his early appearances and optimism is high for Facundo Pellestri. Clearly, United have learnt from their previous mishaps in the market.

That’s why reports from Italy suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo could seal a sensational return to Old Trafford will have raised eyebrows and maybe some concerns.

At 36 years old, Ronaldo is still a deadly force in front of goal and a superstar of the game, a player who would undoubtedly provide a boost on and off the field – and he’s spoken about his desire to return to United before.

“I love Manchester. Everyone knows that. Manchester is in my heart. The supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day,” he said in 2014.

For nostalgia reasons, bringing Ronaldo back to the club would be sensational. In theory, though, it’s a signing that would make little sense and potentially cause issues further down the line.

The finances that would be necessary to land Ronaldo are monstrous, both in terms of a transfer fee and the weekly wages for the Portuguese icon, and Juventus may use the situation as an opportunity to push to land Paul Pogba – who finally seems to have found his footing at United.

United themselves say they have no plans to re-sign Ronaldo, with sources laughing off a suggestion from one outlet that a ‘formal offer’ had been made.

An alternative and significantly better option for Solskjaer is Erling Haaland, with the Borussia Dortmund ace providing the same impact as Ronaldo on the short-term but also the long-term boosts that the other does not.

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It’s widely expected that Haaland will be one of the leading players in the next generation of football superstars, alongside Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, with the pair likely to succeed Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best.

United helped Ronaldo fulfil that potential all those years ago and could do the same with Haaland, though the expectations surrounding the Norway international are considerably higher than Ronaldo found upon his arrival in the Premier League.

Signing Haaland is not without its own risks, as a fierce transfer battle lies on the cards and the involvement of Mino Raiola will never be a comfortable ride, but the benefits far, far outweigh all of that.

Can the same be said for Ronaldo? It’s difficult to argue it can, especially as any return would only be a fleeting visit before he moved on elsewhere or hung up his boots.

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