Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has simply said Cristiano Ronaldo is Michael Jordan without a world-class manager.

The superb credit on the Portuguese star came after Ronaldo smashed in a brace to rescue United from a 2-0 defeat from Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League last week.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is like Michael Jordan – but without the world-class manager,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to make the comparison because Ronaldo gets his team out of trouble almost as often as the greatest of all time did for the Chicago Bulls.

“The problem is that in Phil Jackson, Jordan had one of the best basketball coaches in the world managing his team when they were winning the NBA over and over again.

“Ronaldo has Solskjaer. How many trophies has Solskjaer won as a manager?

“The worrying thing is that Ronaldo is 36, and he’s Manchester United’s best player. That can’t be right at the biggest club in the world.

“I’m wondering where that club is going because even Tottenham have a better manager now in Antonio Conte. It’s scary.

“United could easily be out of the Champions League already. They’re just drifting along. And that’s something Michael Jordan would never have allowed.”


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