Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends ‘sensible’ Man Utd signing who deserves more credit | Football

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels Cristiano Ronald’s second coming at Old Trafford made sense (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s second stint at Manchester United was much better than it is given credit for and the signing was ‘sensible’ at the time.

The legendary Portuguese forward signed for the Red Devils for a second time in 2021, making a shock return to the Premier League from Juventus.

The veteran looked set to sign for Manchester City but his former club swooped to bring him back to Old Trafford and the first season produced some success.

Ronaldo scored 18 Premier League goals and 24 in all competitions, so can hardly have been described as a failure, but things went downhill in 2022/23 under Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman looked to move on from the ageing striker and on 1 January 2023 he left for Saudi side Al Nassr.

It was a bit of a sad ending for him at the club where he became a legend, but Solskjaer, the manager who brought him back to Manchester in 2021, felt the signing made sense.

Solskjaer told FourFourTwo magazine: ‘We never wanted him to go to City. We’d had four wins and a draw, and were top of the league in September 2021.

Ronaldo did enjoy some success on his return to Manchester United (Picture: REX)

Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho joined, then we made that next step by signing Cristiano. It felt right. It didn’t turn out right, but it was the sensible thing to do at the time. He was available and still top level.

‘He made his second debut against Newcastle and that was one of the most electric days at Old Trafford ever – he scored two goals.

‘He deserved that chance to come back. He got 24 goals in that first season. He deserves more credit than what he’s got.

‘He was still one of the best goalscorers in the world, he was looking strong for us.’

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