Paul Merson urges Man United to ‘get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo sooner rather than later’… and tells the Red Devils to buy another striker amid the Portuguese star’s uncertain future at Old Trafford
- Paul Merson says Manchester United must ‘get rid of’ Cristiano Ronaldo ASAP
- The star has told the Red Devils he wants out to play Champions League football
- Merson says the Erik ten Hag regime must acquire a recognised centre forward
The 37-year-old Portuguese star has told United he wants to depart the club in search of Champions League football.
Paul Merson says Man United must ‘get rid of’ Cristiano Ronaldo for a different centre forward
Merson wrote: ‘Manchester United have got to draw the line and get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo. The saga has to end sooner rather than later.
‘He’s told you what he wants, so why hang onto him? The lad won’t be sitting at home doing nothing but he hasn’t played any football and is now 37. Every footballer will tell you that to get fit you’ve got to play football matches, that’s why they have pre-season friendlies.’
Ronaldo has missed out on United’s pre-season fixtures so far, and was absent from the club’s list of players travelling to Oslo to play Atletico Madrid on Saturday, as previously reported by Sportsmail.
Merson is unsure how the club’s supporters would handle it if he remained at this stage, after declaring he wanted out after United finished sixth last season.
Portuguese player Ronaldo said he wants to leave United for Champions League football
Despite scoring 24 times for United last season, Merson was also critical of Ronaldo, as he said the Portuguese superstar doesn’t ‘do them any favours’ and ‘focuses on himself instead of the team’.
The ex-England star said United needed to secure the rights to a new striker, and as the club are under new management, it would make sense to make that change imminently.
Merson signed off: ‘Their striker is 37, that’s not very good recruitment. You’re also appointing a manager in Erik ten Hag for a long-term plan, you’re not just bringing him in for a year or two.
Merson does not understand why manager Erik ten Hag has not found a new centre forward
‘So for him to have a plan, surely you’ve got to get started straight away. Ronaldo is not going to be there next season whatever happens. Even if he is, he’s another year older.
‘This game now is getting quicker and quicker, so for me, United need a new centre-forward in the transfer market.’
United might be expected to act quickly if they are to buy a new forward, with their first Premier League game at home to Brighton on August 7.