One of the main topics of discussion in a debate between supporters and Sky Sports commentators and pundits like Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville concerned Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation at Manchester United.
Carragher isn’t known for holding his tongue during heated arguments, and the same could be said of his most recent remarks, which are sure to irritate MLS supporters.
“I don’t think it’ll be as easy as you think to get out in January,” Carragher said on The Overlap. “Everyone knew he wanted to go in the summer. I think for Ronaldo, I don’t see him going to some mickey mouse league because he’s so driven.
“He wants to get goals in Europe, be the record goalscorer, play in proper leagues. I don’t see him going to the MLS or a league in Qatar, but I couldn’t speak highly enough of Ten Hag.”
Cristiano’s relationship – or lack thereof – with Erik ten Hag has made headlines, but Carragher believes the Manchester United boss is doing a good job.
“I think he has handled the Ronaldo thing unbelievably well in that he’s shown his authority with taking him out of the squad, but also putting him back in because he can’t lose,” Carragher added.
“If Ronaldo scores and they win then fantastic, if Ronaldo doesn’t perform he looks right again for not playing him and not using him.
“People would then be saying it’s better he goes in January. He can just sit back, Ten Hag has done his job with Ronaldo, he’s shown his authority.
“Ronaldo knows where he stands, this guy [ETH] can’t be messed about. He just sits back and lets it play out.”
The US team has arrived at Qatar
The team’s MLS-based players: Jesus Ferreira, Sean Johnson, Aaron Long, Jordan Morris, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, DeAndre Yedlin, Cristian Roldan and Shaq Moore, were among the first to arrive in Doha as club matches continue elsewhere over the weekend.
The United States will have a slight advantage when adjusting to life at the premier event because several players have already arrived in Qatar.
With the exception of Yedlin, every member of the USMNT will be playing in their first World Cup, making the American team one of the youngest at the competition.
The United States will play Wales in their tournament opener on November 21 before playing Iran and England in their remaining group stage games.