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‘Superstar’ Ronaldo backed for crucial role at Man Utd next season

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn is adamant that CR7 will be a big asset both on and off the pitch.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a ‘superstar’ and ‘offers huge value to Manchester United’, according to Nigel Winterburn.

The former Arsenal and England defender believes Ronaldo’s quality, mentality, and experience will make him a big asset for Erik ten Hag if the new manager opts to build a team of young players.

Ten Hag has already arrived in England to begin preparations for 2022/23 and could attend the club’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace this Sunday.

“Manchester United won’t just bring Cristiano Ronaldo in for one season and ship him out so quickly, it just won’t happen,” Winterburn told Paddy Power.

“He still offers huge value to Manchester United, and we’ve seen that in his goalscoring record. His age is but a number. He has huge experience, and he could play an important role if United opt to go down the younger route in setting an example of how to train and play, as well as what it means to win and lose.

“He can help those younger players around the training ground and if he can accept that, he might be used in a slightly different way and have less game time.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s still there. If you have someone of his quality, you have to use them and use them in the right system. I believe there’s a role for him to play next season at United, he’s a superstar.

“Sometimes we have to forget the players age, it’s the mentality and the desire on the pitch that still counts the most, not the age.”

Manchester United will need Ronaldo at the top of his game for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

With West Ham just two points behind in seventh, the sixth-placed Red Devils need to win at Selhurst Park to avoid any possibility of dropping to the Europa Conference League next season.