Jamie Carragher makes Cristiano Ronaldo admission after calling for Manchester United exit

The five-time Ballon dOr winners future continues to dominate headlines as United approach their first game of the new season. Ronaldo is still being linked with an exit from Old Trafford, with less than a month now remaining in the transfer window.

United have been adamant that the 37-year-old is not for sale, although speculation continues that he could be on his way. Suggestions of an exit were ramped up again after Ronaldo was criticised by Erik ten Hag for leaving the friendly against Rayo Vallecano early, along with some of his other teammates.

Carragher has been one of the more vocal pundits calling for United to let the Portugal international go this summer, agreeing with his colleague Gary Neville. Speaking to Sky Sports on Friday though, the former Liverpool defender admitted he wants Ronaldo to stay in the Premier League, due to him providing a constant talking point.

Ive been critical of the Ronaldo signing since he came in and I actually said today, Ten Hag should be moving on from that, Carragher said. I know its easier said than done getting a player out, but really we want him to stay because we talk about him, he provides headlines, hes Cristiano Ronaldo.

Weve got some of the best players, managers, Klopp and Guardiola, and Ronaldos probably the biggest name because of the player hes been in the past and what hes achieved. From an analytical point of view, Manchester United would be better without Ronaldo starting afresh with a younger team.

But in terms of our job and what we do, big names, talking points, hes a superstar, megastar. If he plays at the weekend well be focusing on him, what hes like with the manager on the side of the pitch and thats why you want to keep him in the Premier League.