From the moment it was announced that Manchester United had agreed a deal to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, I was convinced that the Premier League title wouldn’t be making it’s way to Old Trafford this season and it looks as though I was right.
Even though they have only narrowly missed out on the title this year, I personally believe it’s fair to say that United looked nowhere near as good a side as they did when Ronaldo was at the club.
Without Ronaldo they seemed to lack that cutting edge which they most definitely had last season. It’s not just Ronaldo’s goals they missed this season because Wayne Rooney was doing the business for them in that department. It was Ronaldo’s ability to sprint past defenders and deliver stunning balls into the box that United really missed throughout this campaign.
You couldn’t really blame United for deciding to sell Ronaldo given the £80 million they were offered by Real Madrid. However the thing which baffled me and thousands of other football fans around the world was the club’s decision not to properly replace him. Yes they brought Antonio Valencia to the club but I know who I would pick if I had the choice between the former Wigan winger and Ronaldo.
It would seem that Sir Alex Ferguson has regrets over the decision to sell Ronaldo. The United boss was quoted as saying in today’s Telegraph that he wouldn’t spend £60 million on anyone except Cristiano.
Ronnie, as he was more affectionately known around Manchester, proved once again why he is one of the best in the world this evening, as he scored twice against Osasuna in a 3-2 win at the Bernabeu to help Real Madrid move back to within a point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Like I said before, I never expected United to win the title this season once they sold Ronaldo and the only way I can see them winning the league in the future is if they sign a proper world class player who is capable of winning games by himself.