Graeme Souness believes Manchester United should have done more to resolve Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and insists they must keep him this summer.
The 37-year-old has been in the news in recent weeks after revealing he was looking to leave the club in search of Champions League football.
With no move yet to materialise, United could be tasked with reinstating Ronaldo into the first team as they prepare to kick off their Premier League campaign this weekend with a home game against Brighton.
Souness has joined talkSPORT for the upcoming season and will join Jim White and Simon Jordan on White And Jordan every Monday at 10 a.m. to share his views on the latest stories, and according to the Liverpool legend it’s vital United resolve the future of Ronaldo as soon as possible. possible.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Souness said: “I would have tried to nip him in the bud before now. I would have gotten in front of him as soon as possible.
“We all know how the game works, its people and [agent] Jorge Mendes will have spoken to the clubs and asked if they can afford it.
“I don’t believe he came out on a branch and said he wanted to leave without something happening in the background.
“Whoever it is, it looks like there’s still someone out there for them, but they don’t want to show their hand.
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“From a Man United perspective, you are trying to keep him. There’s an argument for saying he’s the greatest player to ever kick a football – his stats and longevity suggest that.
“I would keep it. He doesn’t score goals against the big teams, the game is a bit over his head and he plays across the width of the box, but he does score goals. We all know how important goals are for the cause because you might not be playing very well, but if you have a goalscorer it makes you look like a very different team.
“Goals are everything and that’s the hardest job in football. I would do everything possible to keep it.
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