Cristiano Ronaldo MUST be axed by Man Utd to 'make big bold decision straight away' like Klopp did, claims Carragher

ERIK TEN HAG has been urged by Jamie Carragher to AXE Cristiano Ronaldo straight away as he stated the striker was "not a good signing".

That is despite the 37-year-old top scoring for the club with 24 goals in 39 games in all competitions during the 2021-22 season.

Ronaldo has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford, and it had been rumoured that the Portuguese star was facing an uncertain future at United.

But new boss Ten Hag declared earlier in the week how the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is part of his plans for next season.

However Liverpool legend Carragher believes that the Dutch gaffer must offload the Real Madrid icon "straight away".

The Sky Sports pundit has compared the situation to when Jurgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October 2015 and used Christian Benteke sparingly.


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Speaking to Gary Neville on the Overlap YouTube Channel, Carragher said: "Klopp comes into Liverpool straight away, they’d bought players under Brendan Rodgers that summer.

"I think Benteke cost them about £35/40million it was a few quid, he was a big signing, centre-forward, and he was like 'You’re not for me, out!'

"And making that big bold decision straight away, it makes everyone sit up and think 'Oh this fella takes this job seriously!'

"I’m convinced he’s (Ten Hag) got to do that with Ronaldo, whether he’s allowed to or not, and I’ve said this consistently throughout this season, that was not a good signing. 

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"Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, and I’m seen as criticising him – Ronaldo is a million times better than I could ever be, I couldn’t lace his boots, obviously, but I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to him, he’s amazing.

"But Ronaldo has never played in a team this bad, he’s played in some of the best teams and has the attitude of wanting to be the main man, trying to get the goals, driving people on, and when you’re in a great team, that’s something I’m seeing as a positive. 

"When you’re not playing in a great team it can be something that is seen as a negative, and I think it has been a negative this season.

"Manchester United can’t go into next season with a centre forward who is going to be 38, even if he does score goals that’s not right for Man United.

"United need to buy a striker, but who do you buy? Do you buy one who’s going to play, or one who’s going to sit on the bench?

"What do you do? If you buy a really good one then he has to play, and Ronaldo has to go on the bench.

"Ronaldo would be a massive problem for Manchester United next season if he wasn’t playing every week, we’ve seen it this season.

"Even when he’s coming off and there were times where the manager was right to take him off or put him on the bench, but he’s kicked up a fuss.

"This is the most powerful he will ever be, the manager’s the most powerful the first day in the job, because he’s there and he should be able to make big decisions on the basis of that.

"And I’d make that big decision as the other top managers have done that make everyone sit up and take notice."

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