PIERS MORGAN has revealed he would “love” close friend Cristiano Ronaldo to swap Manchester United for Arsenal.
He personally messaged Ronaldo, 37, before the game pleading for him not to score against the Gunners.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday morning, he said: “Do you know what I’d do if I was Arsenal manager? I’d go in, get Cristiano Ronaldo and put him up front.
“I’ve had this conversation with him last week, I said ‘come to Arsenal’.”
Morgan didn’t reveal what Ronaldo replied to him but he continued to laud the forward for his ability – despite nearing 40-years-old.
He added: “I’m not even joking. I’d love to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal. If he’s not going to stay at United, I’d take him in a heartbeat.
“I watched that game at the weekend and he was the best player on the pitch.”
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Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United also remains up in the air, especially if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Morgan then aimed a dig at United’s young stars for not showing “respect” to Ronaldo, slamming them for their “egos”.
He blasted: “I don’t feel there’s that respect for Ronaldo at United from those younger United players. I think the egos are writing cheques that there that their lack of trophies doesn’t cash.
“And my message to those young United stars is ‘You’re talented, but your egos are out of control’.
“You should be begging Ronaldo for advice. If you had even a tenth of his work ethic, of his ability, of his success, of his trophies all around the world you would be much better than you are now’.”
Morgan concluded by pointing out there is no “arrogance” among Arsenal’s young stars, which makes north London a perfect for old pal Ronaldo.
He said: “But there’s an arrogance about those young players, which we don’t have at Arsenal.”