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Keane and Carragher row over Ronaldo and Man United’s trophy hopes


The 36-year-old was benched by Michael Carrick for the 1-1 draw against Chelsea, coming off the bench in the second-half.

Keane criticised the decision not to play Ronaldo from the start, arguing that his record and his recent form for United merited him being picked, regardless of the tactics being employed.

“You see a guy who’s won everything in the game, he’s come back to Man United to try and lift the club. Course he’d want to play,” Keane said.

“You still think if Ronaldo’s on the pitch, if the ball falls to anybody in world football – even at 36 – it’s Ronaldo. It’s not as though he’s come back to the club and not scored.

“Ronaldo’s not going to fix Man United’s problems, but you don’t bring him back to sit on the bench.”

The two then engaged in a furious argument over what trophies United are targeting and their current position as a club.

Carragher questioned United and PSG for their summer decisions to sign two legends of the game, and then took umbrage with Keane who argued United did not bring Ronaldo back to the club simply to win the Premier League.

“PSG have signed Messi, United have signed Ronaldo,” Carragher argued.

“Two of the greatest players of all time. Are Man United closer to the league title now than last season? No. Are PSG closer to the Champions League with Messi in the team? No.

“It’s a team game, football.”

Keane replied: “Ronaldo was never going to get United back winning titles.”

“What was the point in signing him?” Carragher asked.

“Did you like winning the FA Cup? They’re going to have to win the FA Cup, and get back in the Champions League,” Keane said.

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