Manchester United have ‘another Ryan Giggs’ who is even better than Welshman

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will be another Ryan Giggs by playing into his 40s. The Portugal international returned from Juventus back in the summer after 12 years away. And he’s already scored five times since his Hollywood homecoming.

Manchester United thought their summer transfer business was done when they signed Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

But then, on deadline day, it was confirmed Ronaldo was back for more.

The Portugal international won the Premier League title three times during his first stint at Old Trafford and has lived up to expectations so far.

With five goals, he’s already been named the Premier League Player of the Month – controversially beating Mohamed Salah to the award.

And Robson, speaking to the Daily Star, has hailed Ronaldo by tipping him to be ‘another Giggs’.

“For his obvious ability and what he has achieved, it’s indisputable that Cristiano is the best,” said the 64-year-old.

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“People have talked about his age since he came back to United, but his fitness levels are still fantastic – and he is still producing great football because of that.

“I am sure he is going to be another Ryan Giggs – and play on until he is 40 simply because his fitness levels are so high.”

Robson also thinks Ronaldo will benefit the younger players at the club.

“He brings back that charisma that has been synonymous with Manchester United and maybe lacking in the recent past, “ added the former West Brom and Middlesbrough boss.

“The most important thing is the influence he can have over the young players, especially forwards like Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

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“They can see the way he trains, see the way he looks after himself, see his dedication, see the way he still enjoys training, enjoys his football – and always has a smile on his face around the training ground.

“If young boys don’t look at that and don’t take that on board they’re never going to be top players.

“They need to appreciate they are seeing such professionalism and that’s the reason you get to the top.”

While Ronaldo has impressed so far, things haven’t always been plain-sailing.

He recently made the headlines after furiously storming off the pitch following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton.

And Gary Neville, speaking after the incident, has admitted he didn’t like seeing that unfold.

“I watched him walk off and I can’t say I like it,” he said.

“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Of course.

“We know those things. He doesn’t have to prove that.

“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which throws the questions up in the air – what’s he saying? Who is he annoyed with?

“It can only come back to the manager. Actions like that – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring real pressure on the manager, more pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under.

“I think that is something that just has to be managed in the next couple of months.

“Cristiano is not always going to score, he’s maybe not going to play every single game.

“But I think if he walks off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Solskjaer. There’s no doubt the talk after the game was about the manager.

“He has this collection of players but they haven’t got this style of play, they haven’t got this or that.”

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