Prodigal son Cristiano Ronaldo won’t help Manchester United, Liverpool legend says

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Liverpool legends and ex players barely ever say anything good about Manchester United, and John Barnes has expectedly followed that path.

The Liverpool legend has claimed that he’s unsure if ‘prodigal son’ Cristiano Ronaldo would make much impact at Manchester United.

According to Barnes, 36-year-old Ronaldo isn’t the same as he was in his first spell at Manchester United or when he moved to Real Madrid. Although he believes it could be a good move, Barnes doesn’t think Ronaldo can help Manchester United win the league.

“From the point of view of the prodigal son returning home it’s fantastic,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

“Of course, they’re not getting the Cristiano Ronaldo that they had or that Real Madrid had.

“But getting back a talisman and one of the greatest players that ever lived – not so much now because he’s 36 and on the way down – is a good signing for them.

“How will it affect the other players? They’ve seen one player leave already in Dan James and we’re probably not going to see as much of Marcus Rashford. Is that going to help the balance of the team?

“We don’t know, so we’ll have to wait and see. I think a lot of it had to do with nostalgia. Obviously he’s a very good player, don’t get me wrong.

“If he’s going to cost as much as his salary costs and he’s going to help for a year, from a financial point of view they can afford it presumably.

“I don’t necessarily think it will make them any better in terms of winning the league. But there’s a feelgood factor and the fans like it, so I suppose the Glazers will get a bit of respite from the fans. I think it’s a good move.”