Gary Neville doubts Cristiano Ronaldo’s £19.8m return to Man United will be enough to win them the title because ‘a couple of teams are better’… and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side still need to ‘learn’ how to win
- Gary Neville unsure if Cristiano Ronaldo will take Man United to title this season
- Portugal star completed sensational £19.8m return to Old Trafford on Tuesday
- Neville is not convinced Ronaldo will be enough to see his old club win league
Gary Neville is not convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will propel Manchester United to the Premier League title this season.
The Portugal star completed his sensational return to Old Trafford in a £19.8million two-year deal on deadline day, 12 years after leaving the club for Real Madrid.
But the former United defender is uncertain if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be enough to claim the club’s first league title since 2013.
Gary Neville is not convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will propel Man United to league this season
‘It strengthens Manchester United enormously,’ Neville told Sky Sports News.
‘The big question every Manchester United fan, probably every fan in the Premier League will be asking will be is it enough for them to challenge for the title and win the title?
‘I don’t quite feel it is. I still feel there are a couple of teams that are better. The Premier League I think is the strongest it’s been since the mid-2000s.
Neville pointed out that United side are yet to taste success and still need to ‘learn’ how to win
‘I think it’s an unbelievably strong Premier League at this moment in time with great coaches, great teams, great players and that’s been strengthened by this transfer window.’
United’s fierce rivals Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Ronaldo by the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, last week and the reigning Premier League champions appeared to be in pole position to sign the 36-year-old.
The Red Devils stepped in on Thursday night and in a day of incredible drama on Friday swooped in to agree a deal for their former star.
Ronaldo followed fellow attacker Jadon Sancho through the door this summer with the England winger joining in a £73m deal from Borussia Dortmund in July.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a successful summer transfer window
The pair have bolstered the attacking options at manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal with Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani already in his ranks.
In his first spell at United under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and two League Cups. He scored 84 Premier League goals and will be widely tipped to reach the ‘100 club’ before the 2020-21 season is out.
Neville was quick to point out, however, that Solskjaer’s outfit, strengthened also by the summer signing of centre back Raphael Varane, are yet to taste success and still need to ‘learn’ how to win.
‘It’s a different team, a different time and he’s got to try and achieve what he achieved the first time round,’ he added.
Neville insisted that Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney won United the Champions League in 2008
‘There’s no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney I have to say at that time when they both grew together from 2004-05 up to 2008 were really the difference in Manchester United becoming European champions and it will be interesting to see the impact he has on this squad.
‘A lot of talented young players but they haven’t won yet, this team haven’t won, they don’t know how to win and they’ve got to learn that and he knows how to win and hopefully for Manchester United he can bring that to the dressing room.’
United currently sit third in the table after picking up two wins and a draw from their opening three games. They face Newcastle next where Ronaldo is set to make his second home debut following the upcoming international break.
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