Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has disagreed with Jamie Carragher’s claim that Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Manchester United.
“I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them,” former Liverpool defender Carragher told CBS.
“He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United.”
Responding to Carragher’s comments, Schmeichel said: “There’s a word that you said: ‘I think it will be negative’.
“I think you should say, ‘I hope there is a negative effect’. It’s a big, big difference. I don’t think there is a negative effect in that signing.
“I think it’s a marquee signing. It’s one of the best signings that the club has made in 10 years, and it’s something we as fans, we’ve been hoping for something of this calibre.”
Schmeichel added: “People say that he’s way past the sell-by date, that he wasn’t as good as he has been when he was at Juventus.
“But the fact is, in his weak season, which is three years ago at Juventus, he scored 28 goals. Last season he scored 37 goals.
“If you can score half that or add half those goals to a Manchester United season, then it’s going to be a fantastic season.”