Cristiano Ronaldo at Carrington.

Two or three more seasons of Ronaldo?

Tuesday 17 May 2022 14:00

Manchester United hero and 1968 European Cup winner Paddy Crerand is confident that Cristiano Ronaldo could play at Old Trafford for “another two or three seasons”.

Since returning to the club, the Portuguese has scored an impressive 24 goals across all competitions, despite it obviously being a difficult campaign for the team. Ronaldo’s tally is notably higher than those he achieved in his first four seasons as a Red and is only two goals below the 26 he scored in his previous campaign with the club in 2008/09. 

Cristiano has twice been voted the Premier League Player of the Month and it is fair to say he is hotly tipped to win our Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, which is voted for by the fans. Look out for that end-of-season poll in the next week.
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At the weekend, in an exclusive interview, the 37-year-old told us about his excitement for the future under new manager Erik ten Hag and his determination to win trophies with the Dutchman. 

Ten Hag is also looking forward to working with Cristiano at United, as he explained during an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf earlier this week.

“Ronaldo is a giant, because of what he has already shown, and I think he is still very ambitious," he said. “Of course I want to keep him in. He has been very important for Manchester United this year and can show great statistics.”

Of course, Ronaldo signed a two-year contract with the option of a third season when he completed his sensational transfer back to United last summer.

And Cristiano’s old friend, Crerand, is backing the no.7 to maintain his talismanic performances for the club he loves. 

“I think the greatest thing about Cristiano - and I have known him since he was here as a kid - is that he has always looked after his fitness,” explained Paddy, during Monday’s episode of The Debate.

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“That is the first thing he has always looked after and that's why he is playing at this age. He could play for another two or three seasons, I think, without a problem. 

“He is such an inspiration as well to the people around about him. You just think, 'what a player he is'. He is up there with the greatest players who have played, anywhere, never mind just here at United. He has scored 24 goals this season - isn't that incredible? It's incredible that he can do that.”

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