But the United star has also outscored Sadio Mane, Harry Kane, and Diogo Jota – despite playing in less matches than the trio.
Given the Red Devils don’t have another striker who compares to Ronaldo, it makes the £10m price tag even more wrong.
His 23 goals across all competitions is more than double that of Bruno Fernandes, who has scored nine.
Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial have netted a combined 14 between them.
So it would make no sense to jettison Ronaldo because, even if United land a new marksman as expected, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to produce right away.
Then, there’s Ronaldo’s impact behind closed doors.
Though Ten Hag wants to build the team in his own image, with youth and speed at the forefront of things, United lack leadership.
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