Tue, Nov 3, 2009
Liverpool legend Alan Hansen claims Manchester United were inevitably going to miss Cristiano Ronaldo because he believes the Portuguese winger is the Premier League’s greatest ever player. Hansen suggests the current World and European player of the year was even better than Eric Cantona and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Hansen told the BBC: “I tipped Liverpool to win the Premier League before the start of the season.”
“This was not a prediction based on old Anfield loyalties – it was based on the evidence of what I had seen from Liverpool in the last three months of last season.”
“Liverpool had enjoyed good results against the other top four sides while Manchester United were inevitably weakened by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“People talk about Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry, but Ronaldo was the biggest player ever in the Premier League, so United were never going to replace what he gave them.”