Paul Merson believes that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo messed up the plans that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had for Manchester United. Solskjaer was sacked following the 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Watford. United announced that Michael Carrick will take charge temporarily while letting their intention known of appointing an interim manager. After high-profile signings in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane, United was expected to challenge for the title this season. Merson believes that the signing of Ronaldo skewed plans.
“I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He had a plan at the start of the season, having finished second last season. He’s chased Jadon Sancho for a long time, got him in, and he’s given Edinson Cavani another year.” Paul Merson said about the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. “You could see his plan: you play Cavani every other game, you have Sancho on one side, Marcus Rashford on the other, you have Mason Greenwood coming in and swapping around, you have pace, power, energy, youth, skill, the lot.”
“Then, just before the season starts, he gets given Ronaldo. I think he’s thrown it all out of the window. From day one, they’re not a better team with Ronaldo in it.” he added. “You don’t go 29 games unbeaten away without playing a certain way, and bringing Sancho in giving them another weapon to play that way. With Ronaldo up there, you don’t have that weapon to play on the counter-attack anymore. And Bruno Fernandes was their best player last season – he’s hardly had a touch this season!”