Former Italian footballer and manager Paolo Di Canio explains why he is skeptical of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United. Truth be told, Di Canio has doubts about Ronaldo’s football transfer to United, a return they secured on deadline day.
The Portuguese striker returned to Old Trafford after joining for €15 million from Juventus. The Red Devils have the ability to pay up to €8 million in bonuses.
The Portuguese striker scored 101 goals in 134 games for Juventus but chose to leave during the summer transfer window.
And he quit Turin suddenly last week, just before Juventus’ Serie A match against Empoli, which they lost 1-0.
But now, despite the majority of Manchester United fans’ enthusiasm, former Italian striker Paolo Di Canio is skeptical.
Di Canio Has Doubts about Ronaldo’s Football Transfer to United
Paolo Di Canio is dubious about Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.
“I am one of those looking at this move and thinking: ‘He is back where he began his incredible career.’ He has grown as a man and as a footballer in Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United,” the 53-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport’s podcast In The Box.
Di Canio then continued to say: “However, I need to consider everything. It’s a great move for merchandising, for Ronaldo and Manchester United’s visibility, even if they don’t really need it. Individually, Ronaldo’s last season at Juventus was great, he scored 30 goals, but a champion needs to win the trophies.
“Man United is the best team for him because everybody loves him at the club. The fans don’t look at his age, he is a club’s icon. It’s an investment for the moment. I saw [Ole Gunnar] Solskjær and he was as happy as a kid, but he’ll have to manage him,” he continued.
“Ronaldo will improve United’s technical level, but he joins a team with many strikers and wingers. Solskjær said he sees him as a centre forward, but Ronaldo didn’t want to do it at Juventus.
“I still see him starting on the left, but United have other players in the same position, including Jadon Sancho, who was paid €85m but has been struggling to settle in so far.
“Rashford will return, Greenwood and Martial too. Solskjær leaves his strikers free upfront, so this could be good for Ronaldo.
“There is enthusiasm, but it remains to be seen if Ronaldo will be a cumbersome presence as Zlatan was. Sometimes young players without much personality didn’t understand he wanted the best from them.”
Recent Ronaldo Updates
Ronaldo scored two goals in a 2-1 win against Ireland on Wednesday (the football news).
With this brace, Ronaldo became the all-time leading international goal-scorer with 111 goals, two more than Iran legend Ali Daei.
During his first interview with Manchester United, the 36-year-old stated that he was happy coming back home (football transfer news). He also said that rejoining the club was “the best choice” he could make.