Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has dismissed the idea that Cristiano Ronaldo will hinder not help Manchester United this season.
The 36-year-old forward returned to United this summer, after 12 years away, and has already proven that age is just a number with four goals in his first three appearances for the club.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is one of the greatest players in the history of the game and many expect that he will bring back the glory days to Old Trafford and end the Red Devils’ trophy drought.
However, there are also those who believe that Ronaldo’s presence will actually be detrimental to the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
Although he scored 101 goals in 134 games for his previous club Juventus, it was felt that the Turin side over relied on and focused too much on Ronaldo, leaving the team unbalanced and causing friction with some of the other players.
Ultimately, the Italian club failed to win the Champions League during the three seasons in which they had Ronaldo, which was their main reason for signing the forward in the first place.
There is a fear that United will now also become too centred around Ronaldo, but this is something that former Liverpool defender Thompson has rubbished.
Speaking on the Where’s Jeff podcast, Thompson claimed that Ronaldo can only do good for United.
“This big debate in the press, is Ronaldo good for Manchester United or is he going to upset the way the team actually [want to play]?" Thompson said.
“And I am going, what? How?
“He is obviously going to improve this season if they keep him fit, which most of the times he is fit.
“I just think he is an asset full-stop.”
The merits of re-signing Ronaldo will be judged on what silverware United win come the end of the season, and while their Premier League campaign has started very well, they lost their opening Champions league game against Young Boys and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham on Wednesday.