Jamie Carragher sensationally snubs Ronaldo in Liverpool and Man United combined XI


Jamie Carragher sensationally snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo in favour of a younger team-mate in his combined Liverpool and Manchester United XI.

Ronaldo has scored five goals in seven matches in all competitions since sealing his surprise return to Old Trafford last summer.

However, Carragher not only believes he would not make a combined XI, he also Jurgen Klopp would not pick him in the Liverpool team at the moment.

The Portugal international will face the Reds for the 13th time in his career on Sunday, but has slumped along with United in recent matches.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure after winning just one of his last five matches, while Ronaldo will go into the game having failed to score in his last three Premier League outings.

Rather than including the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in his combined XI, Carragher chose Mason Greenwood, hailing the 20-year-old as a ‘superstar’ following his stunning goal in Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester.

‘I’m a massive Greenwood fan, I think he’s a superstar, I really do,’ Carragher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

‘How can you not put Ronaldo in, in terms of what he’s done, legendary figure? I’m talking about actually right now, today, I’d have to have Greenwood.

‘[Roberto] Firmino got a hat-trick for Liverpool at the weekend and has done really well but going back last season, and this season Greenwood is a superstar and I had to find a place for him in there.’

When Carragher was asked by presenter David Jones if Ronaldo would get in the Liverpool team, he simply replied: ‘No’.

When Jones asked Carragher’s fellow pundit Gary Neville if he agreed, the Manchester United legend said: ‘Obviously I disagree with that.’

Carragher then responded: ‘No, I don’t think Jurgen Klopp would pick Ronaldo if he was picking what we’re picking now.

‘That’s the headline for the weekend, isn’t it! He’s going to get the winner now.’

Neville included Ronaldo in a combined XI which also saw him select nine Liverpool players, insisting the 36-year-old should be included alongside Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in attack.

‘It wasn’t easy but just the idea he’s one of the greatest goalscorers of all time, and with Salah and Mane I thought he should be up front,’ he said.

‘You would have him up front. In that team, with Fabinho and [Jordan] Henderson behind, with Firmino behind and those two out wide he would be absolutely devastating.’


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