Roy Keane believes there is “no logic” to any possibility of letting Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester United, but has doubts about Marcus Rashford’s “hunger”, arguing that his game has not developed.
Rashford was an unused substitute for United’s 3-0 win over Brentford at Old Trafford – a game in which Ronaldo was the man of the match after scoring his 18th Premier League goal of the season with a penalty in the second half.
“It [Ronaldo’s signing] was a short-term fix, for the fans, for the share price. But he has still scored the goals,” Keane told Monday Night Football.
“Manchester United have bigger problems than Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I just think with the goals that he has got, his performances, warrants staying at the club. But Manchester United have to get players around him, they have to get other strikers in, there has to be competition for places.
“If the leading goalscorer, the man you are depending on, is 37 years of age then that is certainly not good but I would certainly be holding onto Ronaldo.
“There might be a conversation that needs to be had about the way you are going to play or that you are not going to be playing week in and week out. But why would you get rid of a player who scores that many goals? I don’t see the logic in it.”
Jamie Carragher suggested to Keane on Monday Night Football that Ronaldo’s personality may make it more difficult to keep him around if he is not starting every game. The former United captain believes that is something Erik ten Hag must address.