Jamie Carragher insists Manchester United must let Cristiano Ronaldo leave on a FREE transfer after his ‘damaging and undermining’ behaviour towards boss Erik ten Hag and his team-mates
- Erik ten Hag should axe wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo, believes Jamie Carragher
- The ex-Liverpool star feels it would send a strong message to his United camp
- Ronaldo’s desire to exit the club has marred Ten Hag’s first summer in charge
- Anthony Martial remains an injury doubt ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brighton
Erik ten Hag should implore the Manchester United board to release Cristiano Ronaldo on a free transfer in an effort to send a message to his players, Jamie Carragher has claimed.
The Portuguese wantaway has marred Ten Hag’s first summer in charge at Old Trafford by publicly seeking a departure, eager to join a club in the Champions League.
Carragher believes that by seizing the opportunity to axe Ronaldo, Ten Hag would send a powerful message to his Red Devils camp that no player is more important than the Manchester United manager.
Erik ten Hag must ask the Man United board to axe Cristiano Ronaldo, claims Jamie Carragher
The former Liverpool star believes it would send a powerful message to his dressing room
Writing for the Telegraph, the ex-Liverpool star described Ronaldo’s actions as ‘damaging and undermining’, replacing the positivity often brought in by a fresh managerial appointment.
He referenced a line from Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, admonishing Ten Hag to take note of the advice offered by the Old Trafford legend – ‘The minute a Manchester United player thought he was bigger than the manager, he had to go.’
By axing Ronaldo, Carragher believes that the 52-year-old coach would stamp his authority on the dressing room, demonstrating that a lack of discipline or commitment would not be tolerated under his leadership.
Ten Hag is preparing for his first Premier League match as United face Brighton on Sunday
Sir Alex Ferguson said that a player ‘had to go’ if he thought he was bigger than the manager
The ex-England international wrote: ‘[Ten Hag] has been handed an extremely difficult and unwanted welcoming gift upon arriving from Ajax.
‘Ronaldo’s presence is a legacy of United’s miscalculation bringing him back 12 months ago.
‘I made my reservations known at the time. Everything since has confirmed the mistake.’
Striker Anthony Martial is a major doubt against Brighton after picking up a hamstring concern
Ten Hag begins his first Premier League campaign at home to Brighton on Sunday, with Anthony Martial a major doubt following a hamstring issue.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho missed the Atletico Madrid friendly through illness last weekend but is expected to return.
The role Ronaldo will play during Ten Hag’s debut match at Old Trafford remains unclear, although a start seems unlikely due to the forward’s lack of minutes in pre-season.