Souness: Ronaldo DOES make United title challengers

Graeme Souness insists Cristiano Ronaldo DOES make Manchester United title challengers because ‘he’s on another planet’ and will help improve their star players who ‘already think they’re the real deal’

  • Graeme Souness believes only Lionel Messi can inspire a similar impact at a club 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo can’t play against Wolves as his signing hasn’t been confirmed
  • He could make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle though
  • Souness also believe having Ronaldo will reduce the number of Red Devils draws

Graeme Souness believes the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United’s attacking armoury makes them title contenders. 

Ronaldo sensationally returned to the Red Devils on Friday night despite murmurings earlier in the day that he was set to move to arch-rivals Manchester City.

The 36-year-old isn’t ready to face Wolves on Sunday afternoon as his signing is yet to be formally confirmed, but he is expected to make his second Old Trafford debut against Newcastle on Saturday, September 11, following the international break. 

Graeme Souness thinks the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by Manchester United is significant

Ronaldo is set to make his second debut for the club against Newcastle on September 11

‘I see him making the difference for them,’ Souness, Liverpool’s former European Cup-winning captain, told Sky Sports ahead of United’s trip to Molineux.

‘I think there’s two, three or four players in Man United’s dressing room that need him.

‘Only him or (Lionel) Messi coming into the dressing room would make them up their game.

‘Some players in that dressing room feel they’ve arrived, they’re the real deal and no-one can tell them anything. But they will improve with Ronaldo there.

Souness believes the 36-year-old’s presence at Carrington will drive standards in training

Souness also feels that having Ronaldo will result in far fewer than 11 league draws this term

‘You’ve got no chance unless you sign senior pros and Man United have just signed the ultimate. Training will be different and players’ attitude will be different.

‘I see United challenging for the championship with him in the team because they had 11 draws last season. They won’t have them now because he’s on another planet.’

A win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could potentially take them into second place behind unlikely early pacesetters Tottenham as they maintained their 100% record with a 1-0 victory over Watford.

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