“He’s not a normal 36-year-old” – Ray Parlour warns Cristiano Ronaldo’s doubters

"He's not a normal 36-year-old" - Ray Parlour warns at Cristiano Ronaldo's critics

Ray Parlour has banished claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is not young enough to make an impact in the Premier League following his sensational return to Manchester United.

Man United successfully signed Ronaldo from Juventus for a reported €23million. His arrival will see him become United’s fourth summer signing behind Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Ronaldo’s second return at Old Trafford is set to boost United’s goalscoring chances and could eventually hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his trophy as a Manchester United boss.

Many football pundits, including Graeme Souness and Gary Neville, have claimed that Ronaldo’s returning doesn’t make United Premier League challengers.

At 36, many also have doubted that the Portuguese forward would make a difference in the Premier League just like he did during his first stint at the Theatre of Dreams but Parlour has no worries about his physical condition.

Ray Parlour takes swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo’s doubters

He’s got 111 goals for his country, it’s amazing isn’t it,’ he told TalkSPORT.

‘He’s [Ronaldo] been unbelievable, it amazes me then people say he won’t be able to do it in the Premier League. Of course he will. He’s done it in every league and if you look at the fitness of the guy, he’s not a normal 36-year-old is he? You’d have him down as 31, 32 maybe maximum.

‘He’ll be ready to go, what he’ll do so well is he won’t use his energy up for the sake of it, he’ll do it at the right time.

Ray Parlour backs Cristiano Ronaldo to shine in the Premier League

“When you get older you learn when you need to do a bit of running and it’s all about that movement of a striker, you just get half a yard, you get across your man. I think he’ll have no problem in the Premier League.’

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the all-time top goalscorer in men’s international football with 111 goals after scoring a late brace against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Ronaldo has been released from the national team squad ahead of Portugal‘s second WCQ game against Azerbaijan due to suspension.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will have to be in quarantine for five days before joining up with his new team-mates.

If all goes as planned, the ex-Real Madrid forward would make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle United this weekend.

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