Man United transfers: Jamie Carragher runs rule over Sergio Ramos
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher rates Manchester United target Sergio Ramos very highly
Jamie Carragher is adamant that Manchester United target Sergio Ramos is a world-class defender.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the experienced Spain international amid reports that David De Gea could head in the other direction.
I think it’s disrespectful – he’s won nearly 130 caps for Spain! He’s not playing for Mickey Mouse teams
Ramos is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2016/2017 campaign which has prompted reports Louis van Gaal could move for the centre-half.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher reckons Madrid manager Rafael Benitez would struggle to replace the 29-year-old versatile defender.
“I get a bit wound up by the criticism Ramos gets,” Carragher told talkSPORT.
“This is a fella who has won everything, he plays for one of the best clubs in the world and one of the best international sides we’ve ever seen.
“He is rash at times, he has moments of madness and does get overly emotional in games, that’s always been a problem for him, but let’s not forget that it’s a problem for Wayne Rooney as well.
“I’m not bothered about whether United sign him or not, or whether he’d be a good signing or not, but if he is not rated as one of the world’s best players, who is?
“If his trophy record doesn’t give him a bit of credit, what chance have I, or any of the centre-backs in the Premier League?
“I think it’s disrespectful – he’s won nearly 130 caps for Spain! He’s not playing for Mickey Mouse teams.
“I’ve heard callers say he hasn’t reacted well under pressure and he makes mistakes – what defender doesn’t make mistakes?
“If a team like Real Madrid could find a better defender, they would, but they don’t. Ramos plays every week, they win everything and people still chip away at him and criticise him.
“Top-class centre-backs are a dying breed now, there’s very few now compared to years ago. If United don’t get Ramos, or don’t want to sign him, who else would they get?”
Ramos has won three La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey crowns and the Champions League.
The Real Madrid defender is set to become a free agent in the summer of 2017 unless the World Cup winner agrees a new deal with the 10-time European champions.
The World Cup winner scored four goals in 42 games in all competitions for Los Blancos last term.