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Graeme Souness brands Cristiano Ronaldo a “passenger” and makes Liverpool call

Cristiano Ronaldo is poised to re-join Manchester United on a two-year contract after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hijacked Manchester City’s move for the 36-year-old forward

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Manchester United confirm Cristiano Ronaldo return

Cristiano Ronaldo could end up being a “passenger” at Manchester United due to his limited playing style, according to Graeme Souness.

Ronaldo will soon become a United player again following a dramatic day in the summer transfer window which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hijack Manchester City ’s move for the forward.

United have agreed to pay Juventus an initial £12.85million (€15m) and another £6.86m (€8m) in add-ons, with Ronaldo poised to sign a two-year contract at Old Trafford.

The 36-year-old has agreed personal terms and will undergo a medical in Portugal ahead of his country’s upcoming international fixtures.

Ronaldo will then return to Old Trafford and be eligible to play for the club after the international break.



Souness is not convinced Ronaldo will fit in at United




The opportunistic signing has been widely viewed as an exciting piece of business from United, but former Liverpool defender Souness has expressed his doubts over Ronaldo.

“Every successful team has players where everyone is working to get the ball back,” he said on talkSPORT .

“The top teams don’t have any passengers and if you’re taking Ronaldo at this time, he ain’t going to give you the hard yards.









“I have got a doubt about it. Juventus took him to win the Champions League, but he’s not going to be the difference in the big games.

“He’ll score goals, he will, because he’s got a brain and he’s been so athletic throughout his career.

“But in the bigger games against the better centre-halves… imagine putting him against Virgil van Dijk.”

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Ronaldo scored 29 goals in 33 Serie A appearances for Juventus last season
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Ronaldo has adapted his game over his career and is now a very different player to the one which scored 118 goals in 292 games in his first spell at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009 before leaving for Real Madrid.

Having previously been a flying winger, the Portuguese is now a pure penalty box poacher.

Ronaldo scored 101 goals in just 133 appearances across all competitions for Juventus following his move from Real Madrid in 2018.







He was Serie A’s top scorer last season ahead of Romelu Lukaku with 29 strikes in 33 matches.

However, his tally of three assists in the league shows his primary focus is on scoring goals, not making them.

Ronaldo is not available to face Wolves on Sunday, but could make his first appearance for United in 12 years in their home match against Newcastle on September 11.




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