Paul Merson tells Man United to forget about signing Real Madrid star

Paul Merson believes that Manchester United should not try and re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid

Paul Merson has told Manchester United to give up their reported pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo and focus their transfer plans elsewhere.

The Red Devils have long been linked with a big money move to re-sign the Portugal international, who left Old Trafford to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

United were thought to be keen on luring the 30-year-old back to the club during the summer and have again been linked with the Ballon d’Or winner as the January transfer window approaches.

However, former Arsenal star Merson feels that the Red Devils should be concentrating on bringing players in the prime of their career to the club.

Merson wrote in the Daily Star: “There has been lots of talk this week about Ronaldo ending up back at Old Trafford because he’s unhappy at Real Madrid and angling for a move.

“But I don’t think it would work for him or United. Ronaldo would not fit in at United under Louis van Gaal. I don’t think he’d suit them.

“He’s one of the best players in the world but he’s also one of the most selfish. He’s not a team player.

“But United under Van Gaal are all about discipline and keeping your shape, working back and defending as a team.

“That’s not Ronaldo at all. I’d be shocked if it happened. It would be great commercially and they’d sell loads of shirts.

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“But he’s 30 years old. They tried to get him for David Moyes two years ago. But things change quickly in football.

“Look at Wayne Rooney. He’s 30 and he’s not pulling up any trees is he? It catches up with you.

“Ronaldo has got to be careful as well. He plays in a nice league where Madrid dominate every game bar one and he scores in buckets.

“But everybody can beat everybody in the Premier League. They say never go back for a reason, and at that age? I think he’s more likely to go to Paris St-Germain.”

United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and just two points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games of the new campaign.

The Red Devils return to top-flight action with a trip to Watford after the international break on Saturday 21 November.

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