Man Utd legend Cristiano Ronaldo should have joined CITY and would have scored 25 goals already under Pep, claims Barnes

MANCHESTER UNITED star Cristiano Ronaldo should have joined Manchester City last summer, claims Peter Barnes.

The former England international, one of just 34 players in history to play for both Manchester clubs, believes that Ronaldo would be thriving at the Etihad.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return hasn't gone as he'd have hoped


Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return hasn’t gone as he’d have hopedCredit: Rex

CR7 had been strongly linked with a City switch back in August, before United hijacked the move.

Barnes, 64, reckons that if he’d gone to City, Ronaldo would have 25 goals this season already.

He told the Mirror: “His goal record is great for a 37-year-old, but I think if he had come to City, he’d probably have 25 goals now, because the good players there would have found him a lot easier.

“They would have had the vision and the technique to put him in, whereas I think some of the players at United simply don’t have that vision to put him in on goal.

“Then there’s the other argument that his legs have gone and he’s not got the pace he had four of five years ago.

“I think what’s probably got him frustrated is that he’s not had the same service he’s been used to in the past and people haven’t seen him.”


Ronaldo has managed nine goals in 23 Premier League appearances this season.

The Portuguese has netted in his just one of his last eight Prem outings – a recent strike against Brighton.

United are currently fourth in the table, 19 points behind leaders City.

He has fared better in the Champions League, however, bagging six in six European games this term.

While Barnes believes that Ronaldo would have thrived at City, former United skipper Gary Neville doesn’t think his old team-mate would get in the team.

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Ronaldo's old pal Gary Neville doesn't think he'd currently get into City's team


Ronaldo’s old pal Gary Neville doesn’t think he’d currently get into City’s teamCredit: Getty

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