“I don’t think so”: Roy Keane thinks Man Utd star would outperform Liverpool ace if they switched places

Roy Keane has outrageously suggested that Mohamed Salah would not outscore Cristiano Ronaldo if he was forced to play for Manchester United.

The Egyptian is the frontrunner to win the PFA Player of the Year for his Premier League excellence this term.

He’s got 22 goals and 13 assists in the league this season despite a massive dropoff since the New Year due to fatigue and confidence issues related to the international disappointments he’s suffered with Egypt.

Mohamed Salah

Yet, there isn’t a player in the league that has more goals or more assists and if Liverpool are able to beat Manchester City to the title, it will top off an incredible personal season.

With Ronaldo finding some form of late, the Portugal international has predictably been compared to Mo Salah despite being below par for most of the season.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Roy Keane said he doesn’t believe Mohamed Salah would perform as well as Ronaldo has in one of the worst Manchester United sides of the Premier League era.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Irishman also outrageously suggested that if he were put into the Liverpool team, he’d scored more goals than Salah.

Keane said: “Put Ronaldo in that Liverpool side and he’ll get you more goals than Salah, put Salah in this Man United side does he get you 18 Premier League goals? I don’t think so.

“This is where Ronaldo’s ability to constantly perform in struggling teams is out of this world.”

The first issue with Keane’s claim is that Ronaldo isn’t anywhere near the physical level required to play as a centre forward under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah

He might still have his experience, finishing and never say die attitude but Ronaldo wouldn’t last five games in Liverpool’s intense counter-pressing unit.

Even Sadio Mane, a player 6 years his junior, has shown signs of fading which is why he has been switched from the left-wing to a false nine role.

At Liverpool, playing upfront isn’t simply a matter of being able to score rather it comes with a demanding role that not many players are suited to.

Ralf Rangnick has seen the issues that come along with trying to teach an old dog new tricks and the fact of the matter is that Ronaldo isn’t on the same level as Mohamed Salah anymore.

Cristiano Ronaldo

He might be the second-best player in history but it’s not his time at the top anymore and had Mohamed Salah sustained the level he was operating at in the first half of the season, we might not even be having this conversation.

The mere fact that we’re comparing Ronaldo, a no.9 in this day and age, to Salah, a right-wing, speaks volumes about the standards the Egyptian has set for wide players over the last five years.

To suggest Salah would not reach the same levels in Manchester United’s team is also absurd as the former AS Roma star scored 44 goals in his debut season while playing with the likes of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and James Milner in midfield.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.


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