FanCast guest columnist Jude Melrose feels that
United cannot contemplate letting Ronaldo leave Old Trafford.
They often say about women that you ‘can’t live with
them and you can’t live without them’ and why that certainly proves the case,
it also is the best way to describe my feelings for Cristiano Ronaldo and
Manchester United. I mean for all the annoying things he does off the pitch,
notably touting moves to Madrid, he sticks on displays like last night and it
makes you wonder how you would ever go about replacing him.
Although Ronaldo has tried to distance himself with
moves to Real Madrid in the past week a part of me keeps suggesting that there
is a distinct possibility that it may happen if the club receive a decent offer.
The likes of Franck Ribery and Antonio Valencia are names that the press
continue to link as possible replacements, but I ask the question as to are any
of the aforementioned actually good enough to fill the No.7 shirt? It is all
ifs buts and a lot of maybes.
I know there are a lot of United fans that are
probably in the same boat as me with regards to Ronaldo. I have read on United
blogs that we shouldn’t bow down to his demands etc, given what has gone in
this Madrid saga and maybe cashing in if a £60m+ offer was to come in would
represent great business, but I say again how do you replace our best and most
influential player? He is the focal point of our team and everything we achieve
generally comes through him and to let him go would be a massive mistake. I
could never imagine Barca selling Messi, Milan needed a £100m+ bid from City to
tempt them to sell, so why would we contemplate selling Ronaldo; surely we must
give him an offer he can’t refuse and to ensure that he will see out the rest
of his career at Old Trafford.
My great fear is that is we were to cash in on Ronaldo
this summer then we are giving ourselves a potential headache we can do
without. Ribery and Valencia maybe able to step up and fill the void, but is
there any cast iron guarantee that they will become as influential as Ronaldo
is on this team? Surely the sensible option is to tie him up to a new deal that
will prevent yet another summer of uncertainty and speculation.
Yes there are times where we can live without
Ronaldo with his actions and temperament, but there are occasions like last
night where ultimately we can’t live without him.