Harry Redknapp: Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be a problem if he stays at Man Utd… he’ll still be their BEST manager

We all know that a player doesn’t make a team just yet, but they can certainly go a long way to breaking it.

The last thing Erik ten Hag needed when he joined Manchester United was Cristiano Ronaldo trying to get out.

Cristiano Ronaldo will still be the club's best manager if he stays at Man Utd

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Cristiano Ronaldo will still be the club’s best manager if he stays at Man UtdPhoto credit: Getty
Erik ten Hag has to deal with the wanton striker

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Erik ten Hag has to deal with the wanton strikerPhoto credit: Reuters

I know from experience how damaging it can be to the dressing room when one of your older gentlemen is unhappy.

But if Ronaldo stays – and I don’t see any clubs rushing to sign him – don’t expect problems with what United will get from him.

He will still train better than everyone else and he will still be first and last because he always has.

And whenever he plays he will only do his best – that makes him the great player that he is.

I’m sure Ten Hag is hoping behind the scenes that someone has a suitable offer for everyone, but I can’t see it.

Ronaldo probably thought Bayern Munich, a Spanish side or a big Champions League team would want him.

But as far as I can see he has nowhere to go.

So if nothing pops up out of the blue, he’ll stick around — and the manager will include him.

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If that’s the case, Ronaldo won’t cause anyone else’s excitement.

Don’t forget that only Mo Salah and Son Heung-min scored more goals last season, so he will still play a big role.

But there are many others at the club who need to improve this season.

The good thing for Ten Hag is that they can’t be worse than last time.

They’ve signed Lisandro Martinez and although he’s small for a centre-back you can get away with it if you’re quick and understand the game as well as he does.

If they can’t get Frenkie de Jong over the line, don’t be surprised to see Martinez in a defensive midfield role.

I have to admit I thought a deal for De Jong was already done.

A Dutch manager signing a Dutch player who has a Dutch agent…it looked like nailed.

He will still train better than everyone else and he will still be first and last because he always has.

Harry Redknapp on Cristiano Ronaldo

One thing is for sure: United will be better than last season…they couldn’t be worse.

But I also think the top 4 is behind them again, despite what I expect from an improvement.

In my opinion the top 6 will be the same as last time, with one big exception – I can see Liverpool taking the title to Manchester City.

City certainly got the right thing in Erling Haaland, who has pace, power and strength and is a great finisher.

He will have some breaks and last season there were times when they were missing a scorer.

Harry Redknapp backs Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to guide Man City to title

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Harry Redknapp backs Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to guide Man City to titleCredit: Alamy

But Liverpool also have a decent youngster in Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz is a top player and Salah has signed a new contract.

There was just a point between those two last season and I imagine it was just as close.

But as someone who likes betting I have to say that Liverpool offer the best value for money.

I think this is the year that City wins the Champions League – and that could actually be the deciding factor in the title race.

It’s the only trophy Pep Guardiola eludes at the Etihad and if he changes players later in the season he won’t be resting any of his big guns in Europe, that’s for sure.

In my opinion the top 6 will be the same as last time, with one big exception – I can see Liverpool taking the title to Manchester City.

Harry Redknapp

Liverpool obviously want to win too but if I had a choice I think winning the Premier League in front of their own fans and not in an empty stadium like in 2020 would be their choice.

I’m sure Jurgen Klopp dreamed of what it would be like to lift the trophy at a packed Anfield. Well, this season I think he’ll find out.

Behind the big two, Spurs have made some great signings in Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma – although I can’t see where Richarlison fits in – and I picture them in third place.

And things are looking a lot more optimistic for Chelsea than they did a few months ago.

Raheem Sterling is there and Kalidou Koulibaly is a fantastic defender. You are my pick for fourth place.

Then it’s Arsenal – who bought well too and will improve – and United battling for the two spots behind and daylight back to the rest.

I’m just delighted that the Premier League is back – that’s been my weekends back in order for nine months!


Scottie did a damn good job

Scott Parker has a job in hand if he wants to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League

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Scott Parker has a job in hand if he wants to keep Bournemouth in the Premier LeaguePhoto credit: Getty

I have my season ticket for Bournemouth and will be at every home game – but it could be a very long season for them.

If Scott Parker keeps the cherries up, it will be a much, much bigger feat than bringing them up.

Scottie didn’t have a lot of money to spend and while he had the best squad in the Championship it’s also one that isn’t good enough for the Premier League.

They’ve signed Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough but need a lot more than the few other free transfers that have overtaken him.

They have a proper Prem forward in Dominic Solanke but it depends on the service he gets. I’d love for them to survive, but it’s going to be tough.

Ditto for Fulham, despite a good result against Liverpool.

Again, getting the service for Aleksandar Mitrovic will be crucial or they could face problems.

But I can see Nottingham Forest, the other promoted team, doing what Brentford did last time and staying up pretty easily.

Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson are great signings.

The other relegation zone could be between Southampton, who are in dire need of a goalscorer, and Brentford.

Everton have it all too and if Frank Lampard gets them halfway down the table he’s done a miracle by taking on an average group.

Many of the others will be curious to see how things continue in Newcastle. But although they have untold riches, they are clearly taking it one step at a time.

It’s only a matter of time before they battle it out for the top 6 and higher, but at least for now, that’s looking beyond them.

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