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Speaking to Metaratings, former Manchester United man Lee Sharpe has revealed even a peak Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be able to guarantee a return to the glory days.
Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013, the Red Devils have failed to win a single Premier League title. Numerous bosses have come and gone, with the latest, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in the midst of a difficult patch in his managerial reign.
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Now, Sharpe has made a huge claim by suggesting even Ronaldo at the peak of his powers would find it a struggle to restore the club to their former glories.
He said: “I think they would still be off the pace, but they wouldn’t be that far off with someone scoring 25-30 goals a season. We saw that with Liverpool with Suarez a few seasons ago, how much it changes things. If you’ve got a player that can run from the halfway line and score when you’re under the kosh, and someone that can score tap-ins, headers, volleys and from outside of the box, an array of goals that can come from one player, then you’re always in with a chance.
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“The amount of chances you’ll create at a club like United, chances are that you’re going to score more than you’ll concede. If you’ve got a Ronaldo or a Messi, even a Harry Kane, then you’re never going to be too far off the pace.”
As much as individual brilliance can win you football games, the fact remains that the sport is still a team game. A sprinkling of star dust goes a long way in making a good side great, but, when you’ve been as poor as United have, there’s only so far you can go.
Solskjaer’s men find themselves in tenth in the Premier League table, having gained just nine points from their opening seven games. It’s been an incredibly underwhelming start, and their lack of goals (they’ve scored just nine times in the division) makes for alarming reading.
Ronaldo may be able to drag the club into the top four just through his own sheer quality, but anything more than that is impossible with the faltering squad United have at the moment.