Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher in heated shouting match over Cristiano Ronaldo

Pundits clash over Cristiano Ronaldo.

Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher were involved in a heated argument about Manchester United’s use of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward started on the bench Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Chelsea, with Man United caretaker manager Michael Carrick explaining that “we wanted to freshen things up a little bit.”

Roy Keane on Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the Sky Sports studio after the game, Keane wasn’t on board with Carrick’s line of thinking and felt that when you have a player like Ronaldo in your squad, you have to play him in big matches such a visit to league leaders Chelsea.

“This is a big game for Man United,” Keane said. “I’d forgive somebody in the group games of the Champions League or something, United are going to get through, I understand that.

“But Ronaldo, you see a guy who’s won everything in the game, who’s come back to United to try and lift the club, of course he’d want to play in these games.”

Jamie Carragher questions Ronaldo signing.

The decibel levels in the Sky Sports studio increased somewhat when Carragher interjected to suggest that every player wants to play every game and that Ronaldo shouldn’t be immune to being dropped every now and again.

The former Liverpool defender then suggested that the main reason Man United re-signed Ronaldo this summer was to prevent him ending up at arch-rivals Manchester City, an idea that Keane took exception to.

He was always going to play,” the Corkman hit bak. “Just sign him…not to go to City but just come and sit with us on the bench….

“Look at his stats since he came back… the game is about goals.”

Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher get into shouting match.

The conversation then became a bit farcical, with Keane and Carragher seemingly agreeing that Ronaldo’s return was never going to help the Red Devils to a Premier League title, while Keane argued that he was signed to win trophies such as the FA Cup.

Keane put it to Carragher that a scenario where Ronaldo helps United to an FA Cup would be celebrated by the club which, on a side note, is a far cry from comments he made in his autobiography about the competition.

“There`s no doubt in an era when The Premiership and Champions Cup have become the competitions to win, the FA Cup is nothing more than a consolation prize, an afterthought.” Keane wrote.

Have a look at the two pundits going at it, complete with a smiling Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink enjoying every moment, in the clip below…

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