Fans lap up Roy Keane's sarcasm about Cristiano Ronaldo

Roy Keane sarcastically responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s critics by saying ‘scoring goals week in, week out’ is ‘such a big problem’ as Man United fans call out Jamie Carragher after he said signing the Portugal star was a ‘mistake’

  • Roy Keane was speaking on Sky Sports after Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for hosts two minutes after Marcos Alonso’s goal 
  • It took the Portuguese’s tally to 17 Premier League goals so far this season 
  • But he has received criticism this season, which Keane sarcastically addressed 

Football fans on social media have lapped up Roy Keane’s sarcastic comment about Cristiano Ronaldo being ‘such a big problem’ for Manchester United, insisting ‘no one is better’ on television than the Irishman.

The Sky Sports pundit was on the channel after United’s 1-1 draw in the Premier League at Old Trafford against Chelsea, which delivered yet another blow to the Red Devils’ slim hopes of a top-four finish.

Ronaldo, 37, made an impact in that game though, equalising for the hosts with a devastating finish just a couple of minutes after Marcos Alonso had rifled Thomas Tuchel’s side ahead on the hour.

Roy Keane sarcastically claimed Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘such a big problem’ for Man United

Ronaldo scored his 17th Premier League goal of the season in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea

It was the Portugal star’s 17th Premier League goal this term and his 23rd across all competitions, yet some have blamed him for United’s torrid campaign due to distinct lack of pressing ability and achieving good individual goal totals at the detriment of the team’s overall cohesion.

But Keane defended his former team-mate with a sarcastic comment after the game, saying: ‘He’s such a big problem for Man United, scoring goals week in, week out, it’s not good.’ 

And fans appeared to love the comment from the former United captain, with one stating: ‘No one is better on tv than Keane.’

But some people have criticised Ronaldo this season amid United’s torrid campaign

Others also enjoyed what Keane had to say, with another adding: ‘Such a sarcastic man,’ with a series of laughing emojis, while another simply said: ‘Love this guy.’

Other supporters on social media meanwhile saw Keane’s comment as a means to go after Jamie Carragher, who in February said United made an error when they re-signed Ronaldo in August – which he later branded a ‘joke’ – and urged the club to sell him this summer.

‘United made a mistake re-signing Ronaldo last summer. It will be a bigger one keeping him next season,’ he wrote in his column for The Telegraph at the time.

Clarifying his position, Carragher acknowledged that Ronaldo is still ‘one of the ultimate goalscorers’, but pointed out that United proved they can score goals without him last season, before claiming the Portuguese forward has disrupted the balance of the side.

Then speaking earlier this month, Carragher told SPORTbible: ‘I think Ronaldo, for how great a professional he is and what a player he’s been, I think he could be a problem.

‘I’ve been disappointed with Ronaldo, not about the goals – you know he gets goals – but I’d have liked him to be more of a leader if I’m being honest. I’m not really bothered if he gets the odd goal.

‘For Ronaldo to be playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world at 37 and still having an impact, it’s unbelievable. But for Man United to buy Ronaldo, I just thought it was a joke.

Jamie Carragher claimed in February Man United made an error in re-signing the Portuguese

‘It was either a panic because they thought City were going to get him – whether they got kidded by that or this thing of getting Ronaldo back and everyone’s excited, the social media, all the fans. I thought it was a bit embarrassing.’

But only Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has scored more goals than Ronaldo in the Premier League this season and fans have hit back at the former Reds defender.

One posted: ‘People like Jamie Carragher who don’t understand football are the ones who started this Ronaldo problem chorus.’

Meanwhile, another added: ‘@Carra23 you need to apologize,’ while another stated: ‘Take that @Carra23.’

Keane meanwhile also insisted Ronaldo can play a big part under new manager Erik ten Hag.

‘I know people criticise him for his pressing but he’s never been great at that. That was his only chance tonight really, see the chances Chelsea were creating. Imagine if he was in the Chelsea team – he would be getting 50 goals.

‘He’s in a poor United side who aren’t creating many chances for him… his touch, his movement, when you turn away you know it’s going to be a goal. Brilliant.

‘In terms of goals, that’s what he came back for. He’s dependent on getting balls in the right areas and they’ve not been great at that this year but he’s still produced the goods.’

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