Man Utd told to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to allow three stars to flourish

Manchester United should sell Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer and let the younger players lead the line next season.

That’s the bold verdict of former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has bagged 14 goals in all competitions for United this season but much has been made of his return.

Ronaldo has come in for criticism for not fitting into a pressing style of play, understandably at 36 years of age, and he’s also been strongly criticised for his attitude when things don’t go his way, with Gary Neville recently calling him out.

With Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani leading the line in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves earlier this week, Agbonlahor feels the system doesn’t work and the likes of Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford would do a better job.

‘Ronaldo looks like he’s using a yard of pace every time he plays,’ he told Football Insider.

‘Ronaldo and Cavani, two up front doesn’t work every game because you need one of those players to drop into midfield and get the ball. That’s where they missed Fernandes.

‘You’ve seen the difference in Fernandes since Ronaldo has come in. Before Ronaldo came in, Fernandes was the main man. Now Ronaldo’s the main man.

‘Ronaldo was captain against Wolves. Before Ronaldo came it was Fernandes who was captain when Harry Maguire was out and now he’s on the bench.

‘There’s going to be tension there. If you look at the whole situation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know he made a mistake by bringing Ronaldo in, simple as that.

‘Yes, Ronaldo has scored but he’s scored goals that Greenwood would have scored, Rashford would have scored in that position.

‘For me, I would let Ronaldo go in the summer. Let Greenwood, Sancho and Rashford play together.’

United will look to get back to winning ways when they host Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday night.

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