Cristiano Ronaldo blanked his number on critique Jamie Carragher before Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Liverpool in a Premier League game on Monday.
Goals from Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford helped Manchester United to the famous win at Old Trafford with Mo Salah scoring Liverpool’s consolation goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo was only on the pitch for four minutes as Ten Hag decided to play the front trio of Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
Long before the game itself, there was an incident involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Jamie Carragher who is currently his number one critique.
Ronaldo blanks Carragher
The former Liverpool has repeatedly advised Manchester United to sell the football legends as he believes he is the reason they won’t get any better.
Carragher told The Telegraph in February: “Cristiano Ronaldo’s invaluable contribution to Manchester United’s Premier League win over Brighton was another reminder of his unparalleled appetite for goals.
“But it does not change this reality: United made a mistake re-signing Ronaldo last summer. It will be a bigger one keeping him next season.
“I know how contentious that sounds. It is easy to list the many magnificent qualities Ronaldo possesses which make him one of the greatest players we have seen. He remains one of the ultimate goalscorers, having evolved to become a penalty box predator, liable to deliver when his team most needs it – as against Villarreal and Atalanta – to prolong United’s Champions League campaign.
“You would not bet against him scoring over 20 goals this season.
“’Where would United be without his goals,’ is something you often hear.
“Well, we already have an answer to that. United scored 121 in all competitions in 2020-21, their highest tally for 14 years. That is because they were a more balanced, unified team than now.”
Pinpointing why he held concerns about United’s decision to re-sign Ronaldo last summer, Carragher continued: “My reservations about signing Ronaldo – which I first expressed last summer – are no reflection upon his talent and career.
“They are based on the obvious contrast between the individual skills he brings to a team at this moment, as a 37-year-old, and how the game has evolved tactically at the highest level to the point where the strongest European sides want a specific profile of a number nine, or in some cases play without one.
“Look at Europe’s best performing teams today and the clearest measure of how football has changed is how multi-functional the elite players are. During my career, there was a tendency to focus on one facet of the job.
“You would hear coaches telling goalkeepers to concentrate primarily on making saves, defenders and midfielders to win their personal duels with opponents, wide men to make chances and strikers to ‘just score goals’.”