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Roy Keane’s worrying Cristiano Ronaldo observation after Man Utd beat Brentford

Roy Keane believes Manchester United are worryingly reliant on a veteran Cristiano Ronaldo and feels Erik ten Hag has a ‘huge job’ overhauling the Red Devils’ squad. Ronaldo was influential as United defeated Brentford 3-0 on Monday night, adding to a successful personal season.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford last summer and has been one of United’s best performers. His second-half penalty was his 18th Premier League strike of the campaign.

The former Real Madrid ace was unfortunate not to score another during the comfortable victory. He converted Bruno Fernandes’ pass but VAR adjudged him to have been slightly offside.

Despite Ronaldo’s success, Keane – a strong critic of the club’s performances in recent years – believes they are too reliant on a player who will turn 38 midway through next season. The former captain has hit out at the defence, who have conceded a staggering 52 goals this term.

“When you’re hanging your hat on a 37-year-old, that’s not good,” Keane told Sky Sports. “As brilliant as Ronaldo is, United are too dependent on the strikers. Defensively, they’re not good enough. Midfield, not good enough. [It’s a] huge job for the new manager.”

On United’s performance, Keane added: “Very good. Brentford, no aggression in their play and no intensity, comfortable enough for Ronaldo. I bet he wished every game like that. Finishing the season on a high at Old Trafford. He deserved a goal.”

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