Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Allardyce: United Must Keep Ronaldo
Independent, March 19th, 2007 3:43PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

He didn't score for a change, but Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo crafted three of United's four goals at Old Trafford on Saturday, guiding the Premiership leader to an easy 4-1 win over fifth-place Bolton Wanderers. The 22-year-old Portuguese's performance was further proof that he, without a doubt, is the difference in Man United's title challenge this year against Chelsea, the runaway winner over the last two seasons.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce certainly knows that. After a game that was punctuated by Ronaldo's dominance of the left side of midfield, Allardyce fired a warning to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "He's a player that United can't afford to lose -- it's that simple. Whatever it takes to keep Ronaldo, you've got to do it, in the hope that he wants to stay."

Those last few words being the key. Even if United doesn't sew up the Premiership title, Ronaldo would still have his pick of Europe's biggest clubs. At the beginning of last season, he said he wanted to leave; recently he admitted to being flattered by the interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Responding to rumors that Ronaldo's future could lay elsewhere, Allardyce said, "Real Madrid are not the club for him. At this moment in time, Manchester United are. That's because there is no development at Real, only decline." After all, Man United is in serious contention for three major trophies. Real Madrid has only a distant hope of winning the La Liga title this year. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
Defender Helped Finance Barca Move    
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his ...
Man United Mulls Midweek Friendlies Abroad    
The BBC reports that Manchester United is thinking about playing potentially lucrative midweek friendlies abroad since ...
Cole 'Never Expected' to Play Against Lampard in UCL    
AS Roma defender Ashley Cole said he was surprised to come up against former Chelsea teammate ...
Luis Suarez Ban Upheld in FIFA 15     
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in the "career mode" of FIFA 15, the ...
Simeone: Juve a 'Final'    
It may only be Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, but Diego Simeone is already ...
Report: Pardew's Job Safe-for Now     
Newcastle United is currently 19th in the Premier League table and winless in six games so ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives