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Man Utd “would be nowhere near” the Premier League top four were it not for Cristiano Ronaldo, insists Ian Wright

By Ben Green

Published: 16:14, 17 April 2022

Ian Wright has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo following his match-winning hat-trick against Norwich on Saturday, insisting Manchester United would be significantly adrift of the Premier League top four were it not for him.

Ronaldo has been in exceptional goalscoring form since returning to Old Trafford in the summer, netting 21 goals in 34 games across all competitions, but there has often been a debate about whether the 37-year-old has actually been hindering the performances of his side.

Given Ralf Rangnick adopts a high-octane, high-intensity brand of counter-pressing football, some have questioned whether there is a stylistic clash between player and manager, but Wright has been quick to downplay any issues from Ronaldo’s side of things.

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The Red Devils ground out a nervy 3-2 win over the Premier League’s bottom club Norwich on Saturday, with Ronaldo netting a match-winning free-kick 15 minutes from time to claim a 60th career match ball, and Wright has heaped praise on the legendary difference-maker.

He told Premier League productions: “If he [Ronaldo] wasn’t at Manchester United they would be nowhere near where they are now.

“That’s what you pay for and he’s delivered. He’s amazing, amazing.”

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Rangnick and Man Utd fans will be hoping Ronaldo carries that form over to Tuesday night, where they face a daunting journey to Anfield to take on age-old rivals Liverpool, but Wright has warned that if they play to the level of Saturday’s unconvincing win over Norwich, they could endure a similar result to October’s 5-0 capitulation.

Wright added: “We’re talking about a team at the bottom of the league [Norwich] who gave United two goals today, literally. And they’re still able to open United up. If United play like that against Liverpool they’re going to get absolutely hammered.”



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