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Which Would You Choose: Queiroz or Ronaldo?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Queiroz could both leave Manchester United - but which one's departure is the bigger blow.

Let's look at the facts. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 65 goals over the past two seasons which is fantastic if you're a centre-forward and gigantic, incredible, enormous if you are a winger which he is.

His contribution to our cause cannot be overstated yet the games he's been playing in the media for a while now alienated the United fans who now look upon him with little respect; indeed, some of us consider him little more than an ungrateful traitor.

He could leave for Real Madrid even though it's very difficult to read between the lines of Ramon Calderon's occasional comments which usually contradict the previous one... His latest one is so arrogant, talking about how United should be proud of the prospect of this transfer, that I hardly believed it. Yet he was right in one thing: we could make the biggest transfer in history.

Now, on to Carlos Queiroz, especially as the subject of Ronaldo had been done to death before. The assistant arrived in 2002, and many thought for a long time that he was only 'spouting gobbledegook disguised as continental sophistication' (by Rob Smyth of the Guardian).

Few were sorry to see the back of him when he decided to try himself at Real Madrid and almost everyone was baffled that Fergie welcomed him back with open arms when his sole season turned into a total failure despite having an 8-point lead at one stage.

Queiroz was blamed for Fergie's tinkering with formations (by myself and many others) and our often frustrating negativity in Europe. Yet as things improved, Queiroz, naturally, was given more and more credit. Persuading Ronaldo to stay in 2006 was in no small part down to him, according to many and securing the services of Nani and Anderson was possible only via his contacts.

The much-maligned, cursed 4-5-1 and 4-3-3 finally worked and United's incredible steel was evident throughout the European campaign as it was bloody difficult to score against us and our matchwinners - especially Ronaldo, of course - could always be relied upon making the most of their chances. And thus was continental glory achieved.

Now reports suggest that Queiroz is tempted by the chance of taking over the reins of the Portuguese national team which is only natural in my opinion. He's Portuguese and it's not certain that such a chance will come up ever again - and a strong performance with Portugal increases his chances of landing Fergie's job once the boss retires and he never made a secret of his desire to manage United one day.

So, which would you choose? Short-term impact on the pitch, another couple of seasons full of sparkling wing play and a fantastic array of goals? Or you're more eager for long-term influence off the pitch, continuity in the management which has always been a cornerstone of United's success? These are the alternatives, I believe though of course we are not in a position to choose and of course it's not entirely impossible that both will stay in the end.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 7 2008

Time: 6:54PM

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queiroz cant stand ronaldo
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07/07/2008 23:48:00

We can always get another Quirea but we can never get another Ronaldo......well for a long time anyway :| If we sell ronaldo the only good replacements would be Messi or Kaka (who has said he likes Man Utd)
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08/07/2008 00:24:00

Both are very important pieces in our team but I guess Queiroz leaving wouldn't hurt as much as he would leave with MUTUAL agreement and consent
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08/07/2008 07:26:00

Can you lot actually see what the rest of the prem league sees now? That Ronaldo really is a despicable human being. What a way to repay all that faith Fergie put in him 2 seasons back eh. Let him rot.
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08/07/2008 08:27:00

If Ronaldo does stay he is only putting off what he really wants for another season.Lets get top dollar for him,and start with a clean slate.And if we are talking about a part exchange,we should go for Ramos,who is a class right back but can also do a great job at centre half
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08/07/2008 12:23:00

i just want it all sorted out soon....we cant let this affect our pre-season.
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08/07/2008 16:33:00

SLF has a point. A slightly discontent Ronaldo is unlikely to reproduce his form of last season, plus another year less on his contract, will depress the price you could possibly get for him. If he's going to go, it might as well be now. Quieroz is a massive loss for you, btw.
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08/07/2008 18:20:00

dosent really matter, dont think either of them want to be at ot anymore.
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09/07/2008 09:01:00

I say offload both =) I think both will be an equal loss: you guys won't be anywhere without Ronaldo and his diving, whereas Queiroz has somewhat been the brains behind your success/transfers.
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09/07/2008 09:26:00

sell CR! keep Q!!! with all the money we get we can easily replace CR. Schneider + Benzema + "another star" > Ronaldo, definately!!!!
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11/07/2008 10:45:00


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