Since Cristiano Ronaldo announced back in September that he was unhappy at Real Madrid, rumours have surfaced that he could be on his way back to Manchester United.
His name is still sang among the Old Trafford faithful week in week out, so there is no question that he would still be adored by the fans, as shown by his warm reception when Real Madrid visited last month. The only question is, do Manchester United have the funds to buy him? To buy Ronaldo would probably cost in the region of £50-60 million pounds and for a player who is 28, I’m not even sure if he is worth it!
Since Ronaldo is such a goal-machine, Sir Alex Ferguson would most likely wish to put Ronaldo as close to goal as possible and seems as Ronaldo likes to play from the left wing this would probably require a change in formation from the traditional 4-4-2 to more of a 4-3-3. With the added factor that Ronaldo doesn’t like tracking back, the switch to a 4-3-3 would be paramount to provide cover for his runs forward.
This would therefore mean one of Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie would get less playing time to accommodate the Portuguese wonder. Neither player would of course be happy with being a substitute given their standing within the game.
Personally I believe that our threadbare midfield and leaky defence are more of a pressing issue and although you could make a case for buying another winger, he is probably a little out of our budget.
As Manchester United already have a wealth of options up front and being the current top goal-scorers in the Premier League, do they really need Ronaldo to help increase their goal tally?
In addition, what would the signing of Ronaldo mean for the likes of Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha? All of these are young and talented players and the arrival of the Portuguese superstar would limit their opportunities to grow and develop. Although it could be said that they could all learn a thing or two from him, they wouldn’t be able to get the necessary game time to show it.
All in all, although I wouldn’t write it off completely, it doesn’t fit in with Ferguson’s current recruitment policy of signing young players with potential.
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