Martin Keown, a former Arsenal player, has outlined what Cristiano Ronaldo needs to achieve to become the greatest Manchester United player ever.
Since his retirement, the former England international has dabbled with football commentary. In a Daily Mail column, he discussed Manchester United’s chances of success with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Ronaldo scored 31 goals in 34 League games in his second-from-last season for United. If he racks up those numbers again, Solskjaer and his players could find themselves Premier League champions for the first time since 2013.
United’s wide men could be instructed to cross the ball more now they have Ronaldo roaming the box.
“Ronaldo will still believe he can win a Ballon d’Or, even at his age. If he’s looking for inspiration, he can look to the great Sir Stanley Matthews, who won that prestigious award at the age of 41 and retired at 50! Ronaldo is still only 36 and has just signed a two-year deal. He will still feel there is plenty of life in him yet.
If Ronaldo can hold back time, return United to their former glory and win the Premier League title, then that would surely make him the greatest player ever to represent the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo just returned to Manchester United after a stunning homecoming to Juventus. It’s been 11 years since he left the club in a world-record trade to Real Madrid.
His signing has sparked optimism among the Red Devils’ supporters, who believe the club now has a legitimate chance of ending their Premier League drought.
Can Manchester United win the Premier League with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line?
Manchester United has fallen far short of the expectations for a title contender and is currently on a four-year championship drought.
Their Premier League wait has been even longer, with the club not having won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return gives the team a new dimension, and he’ll bring all of his experience and talent to bear at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s squad has been greatly strengthened this summer, and they are unquestionably among the favorites to win the Premier League at the end of the season.
The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the immensely experienced Raphael Varane, strengthens the winning attitude of a group that does not have many winners.
It’s worth noting, though, that Manchester United’s main rivals, Chelsea and Manchester City, have also strengthened their squads.
With Liverpool in the mix, this season might be one of the more competitive title battles in recent memory.
Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, could have a big role in where the title goes in May.