Graeme Souness believes that Manchester United should have done more to resolve Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and insists they have to keep him this summer.
The 37-year-old has been the talk of the town in recent weeks following his revelation he was looking to leave the club in search of Champions League football.
With no move yet to materialise, United may be tasked with reintegrating Ronaldo into the first team squad as they prepare to get their Premier League campaign underway this weekend with a home fixture 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 10am to share his views on the latest stories, and according to the Liverpool legend, it’s essential that United resolve Ronaldo’s future as soon as possible.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Souness said: “I would have tried to have nipped it in the bud before now. I’d have got in front of him as soon as possible.
“We all know how the game works, his people and [agent] Jorge Mendes will have been speaking to clubs and asking if they could afford him.
“I don’t believe that he’s gone out on a limb and said that he wants to leave without having something going on in the background.
“Whoever it is, it seems that there is still somebody out there for him but they’re not willing to show their hand.
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“From Man United’s point of view, you try to keep him. There’s an argument to say that he’s the greatest player ever to kick a football – his stats and his longevity would suggest that.
“I would keep him. He doesn’t get goals against the big teams, the game passes him by a bit and he plays the width of the box, but he does get goals. We all know how important goals are to the cause as you can be not playing very well but if you’ve got a goal-getter then it makes you look like a very different team.
“Goals are everything and it’s the hardest job on football. I’d go out of my way to keep him.”
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