Man Utd should ‘break bank’ to sign ‘proper centre-forward’ after Ronaldo regret, says Sheringham

Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham believes his former side should have let Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the summer and urged them to “break the bank” to sign a “proper centre-forward”.

Ronaldo attempted to force his way out of Old Trafford in the summer after United failed to qualify to the Champions League.

The Portugal international returned late to preseason and has since been used sparingly by new manager Erik ten Hag, who has handed him just two league starts this term.

While Sheringham believes the “vibes” aren’t as bad as they were at the start of the campaign, he thinks United should have cut their losses and allowed Ronaldo to leave.

Sheringham told (via Metro): “I think Ronaldo has kind of got his head around the fact that he’s staying and the vibes don’t seem to be as bad anymore.

“When you have an absolute superstar in your camp it can affect a lot of other players, so I would have just said to him in the summer that he’s allowed to leave and built my team around a proper centre-forward instead, as well as the younger players he’s got.”

And Sheringham, who swapped Tottenham for Manchester United in his playing career, has urged Manchester United to “break the bank” to persuade Harry Kane to do the same.

“If they’re going to go out and break the bank for someone, go out and get Harry Kane,” Sheringham said.

“He’s the type of centre-forward they lack, a proper professional, he leads the line and you’ll always get 100% out of him.

“He’s a proper player, so go break the bank for him. I know that’s going to upset the Tottenham fans but we’re talking about Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“They should be doing this sort of thing instead of spending money on players who only might do the job for you.”

Asked whether he believes Kane could be tempted to leave Tottenham, Sheringham added: “Harry looks very happy to me.

“He obviously had a wobble at the start of last season when he thought he might be leaving the club, and you could see he was unnerved by all that.

“He’s in good shape at the moment, has the World Cup coming up, he’s scoring goals, so he’s in fine fettle so I don’t see why he would be thinking about leaving.”

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