Every word of Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher’s Cristiano Ronaldo debate after Chelsea vs Man Utd

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Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher locked horns live on Sky Sports when debating Cristiano Ronaldo and his role at Manchester United.

United drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge to Chelsea on Sunday evening, with Ronaldo starting the clash from the bench – much to the annoyance of Keane, who said that the Portugal international simply had to play from the start in a game of such magnitude.

However, Carragher claimed that Ronaldo not starting every match is not the end of the world and was pointing out that there is players elsewhere in the squad more suited to the way United want to play.

Carragher said: “He’s not the player he was. He is still obviously delivering in terms of goals, but I don’t think it should be a big story that Cristiano Ronaldo does not start every game.”

RK: “Not every game, Jamie, but this is Chelsea and Man United. I forgive some of the group games in the Champions League, I understand that, but Ronaldo, if you bumped into him in the car park – you’d see a guy that has won everything in the game, he’s come back to United to try and lift the club. Of course he wants to play in these games.”



LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

JC: “Well, that’s every player, isn’t it, Roy?”

RK: “Yeah, but they aren’t all world-class, Jamie. They’ve not all scored 800 goals in their career. If you watched United today, you’re still thinking if Ronaldo was on the pitch, then you’d still want the ball to fall to him out of anybody in world football. Even now, he’s 36, it’s Ronaldo. It’s not like he’s come back to the club and he’s not scored, ‘Oh, he can’t get up to speed, he looks awful, he doesn’t look interested’. He looks on it, he looks interested, but this idea that he is getting the blame for the high press…”

JC: “He doesn’t press, does he?”

RK: “He’s not pressed for four, five or six years. Ronaldo isn’t going to fix all of United’s problems, but you don’t bring Ronaldo back to Man United to sit on the bench. Of course, he’s not going to start every game, but this is Chelsea away, there’s going to be counter-attacks, you might get one or two balls in the box.”

JC: “Why did Man United sign Ronaldo when they signed him? They signed him because they were terrified he was going to go to Man City, that is why they signed him. There was no plan to sign Ronaldo.”

RK: “He was always going to play, though, Jamie. It was never the case that they signed him to stop him going to City and then he sits on the bench…”

JC: “I didn’t say that. The guy who’s playing (Sancho) scored the goal.”

RK: “We’re talking about stats – stats have taken over the world. His stats since he’s come back to Man United are good.”

JC: “Goal scoring-wise, yeah.”

RK: “Oh right, what’s the game about? You talk about Salah, the game is about goals, Jamie. It’s about goals. Ian Rush, what did he do? He scored goals.”

JC: “Did he press as well?”

RK: “Yeah.”

JC: “Yeah, he did, Ronaldo doesn’t. I’m not criticising Ronaldo whatsoever. What he can do at 37, he’s a phenomenon. I mentioned this in midweek with Lionel Messi. Paris Saint-Germain have signed Messi, United have signed Ronaldo – two of the greatest players ever to have lived. Are Man United closer to the league title right now than they were last season? No. Are PSG closer to the Champions League with Messi? No. Whatever position you are, you bring your own thing to the game, but it’s a team game, football.”

RK: “Ronaldo was never going to get Man United back to winning league titles.”



Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench for Manchester United against Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench for Manchester United against Chelsea

JC: “What was the point of signing him?! He’s 37.”

RK: “It’s to win trophies. Did you win the FA Cup?”

JC: “Yeah, I did.”

RK: “He’s here to win the FA Cup and the Champions League. Getting to the next round of the Champions League, that’s worth so much to the club if you’re looking at the business side of it. That’s why he’s come back for.”

JC: “You finished second last year.”

RK: “Second is no good to you.”

JC: “You then sign Ronaldo at 37, it’s not to win the league in four years. If you sign someone at 36 or 37, it’s to win right now. You sign Varane, a four-time Champions League winner, a World Cup winner, it’s to win right now.”

RK: “He’s not come back to win the league. He’s here to help them win a trophy.”

JC: “So what is he here for? What is he here for?”

RK: “Mourinho didn’t win the league, but he won trophies. When you won all your trophies, were you not buzzing with that? Man United are a cup team at the moment.”

JC: “You said Ronaldo didn’t come here to win the league, what is he here for then?”

RK: “To win cups.”

JC: “Is that where Man United have gone, you’re happy with cups?”

RK: “Absolutely.”

JC: “You’re happy with cups?”

RK: “I’m not, but that’s where they are as a club. Look at the team.”

Source by Football London

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