It was a decision that paid off, too, with the Red Devils proceeding to win three league titles on the trot.
And Carragher, writing for The Telegraph, said: “No single player can ever be bigger than the club.
“And no-one knew that better than Sir Alex Ferguson who, in 2006, sold one of the Premier League most prolific goalscorers, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, because he felt the striker’s personal hunger for goals was inhibiting the progress of younger, emerging team-mates.
“Who reaped the rewards? Ronaldo, who thrived after Van Nistelrooy’s exit.
“Just like Van Nistelrooy 16 years ago, Ronaldo’s goal sprees have the capacity to make anyone deemed critical look foolish.
“It does not alter the fact that the next United manager will face the same issues as Rangnick in trying to keep him happy.
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