It would be safe to say that Manchester United’s 2021/22 campaign was a complete disaster as the club finished trophyless for the fifth straight season and failed to even qualify for the Champions League. Thus, the Red Devils find themselves in need of a rebuild once again and have appointed Erik ten Hag as the new manager, in hopes that the Dutchman can guide them back to the top.
It had looked liked the club were headed in the right direction under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after they finished 2nd in the Premier League table in the 2020/21 campaign and were runners up in the Europa League.
But they definitely took a huge step back last season. And one of the decisions from the club that has been questioned in recent times is bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend has had a decent season but has he had a negative impact on the team as a whole?
Did Manchester United make a mistake by bringing back Ronaldo last summer?
This is a question that has been debated throughout the course of the season by pundits and fans alike.
On one hand, Ronaldo has had a decent season by his own standards and been the club’s highest scorer. But on the other hand, there is no hiding from the fact that several players appear to have taken a step back since his introduction into the team.
Sometimes players just don’t fit into certain systems. Could that have been the case with Ronaldo at Manchester United?
Ultimately, Solskjaer was shown the exit door by Manchester United in the middle of the season but results did not improve after the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager either.