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United Urged To Replace Ronaldo With Messi

Former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison has urged his side to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Harrison was responsible for nurturing a host of players through the United youth system including Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt , Wes Brown and Ryan Giggs, and still has a minor role at the club.

The coach was speaking about the Ronaldo saga which looks likely to conclude with the winger leaving United and heading for Real Madrid.

Having watched Alex Ferguson rebuild his side a number of times after allowing key players to leave, Harrison is convinced he can do it again should Ronaldo leave.

“Bryan Robson, Ince, Kanchelskis, and Hughes were all great players,†said Harrison in the Manchester Evening News, “But Ronaldo will be harder to replace because there is no one in the juniors to do it.â€

Harrison revealed that allowing players to leave in the past hadn't caused too many problems but that it might be a problem now. He said: “Back then we had the golden generation. We were always confident they would eventually play in the first team, it was a matter of when.â€

With no juniors at Manchester United capable of following in Ronaldo's footsteps, Harrison admitted that there was only one man United should attempt to replace the Portuguese winger with.

He said: “Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world right at the moment. If you were twisting my arm, I'd say the only guy who can replace him is Messi and there are no guarantees that Barcelona will be willing to sell him. That means it might be a more difficult situation.â€

Not a chance , I think .
 

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i respect messi
one of the world best players
BUT he will never survive in the EPL
and so he will end up as a FL:eek:P
 

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This is theoretically impossible as Barca will not listen to offers of any maginitude for messi.For me,i think messi will thrive in the english league.Sure he may not have the physical presence of someone like rooney or ronaldo,but he can run and dazzle defenders so easily,it like they are invisible
 

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Messi could handle prem league, he's a better all round player than Ronaldo but just doesn't score as many goals.

No chance this will happen though.
 

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Ando2008 said:
Are you on drugs?
Yes i am but i'm still right. I'd rather have Ronaldo because he's brilliant at finishing and near perfect at positioning in the area but take away that and i'd rather have Messi.

You cant get much more creative than Messi, he's so skillful and always finds the right pass. He's better than Ronaldo was at his age too.
 
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