Manchester United’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has brought different opinions, with many doubting if the 36-year-old will still deliver in the Premier League.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Ronaldo will take up the number 9 role, and wondered how United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will balance the squad over the course of the season, with Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood seen as the club’s strikers.
Murphy went on to hail Greenwood and claimed that the only negative of signing Ronaldo is that it will delay the progression of Greenwood.
“He might have to wait a bit longer than we first thought, with Ronaldo’s signing, he could go on to be a proper legend for United. A proper No. 9.” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“It’ll delay his progression. I thought Greenwood and [Edinson] Cavani, with a sprinkle of [Anthony] Martial, would be the main strikers. Then put Greenwood on the right when [Jadon] Sancho needed a breather.
“Now with Ronaldo coming in there, which isn’t something that was planned for months, it’s something that’s just happened as a gamble for them wanting to win the league.
“It will be at the detriment of some of the other players. It’s keeping that balance of everyone happy. Is Cavani going to get enough minutes? Greenwood is 19 so he’ll suck it up.
“That’s the only negative of the signing, the delay of Greenwood playing more minutes in games.
“You learn by playing over and over, not one in three.”