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Owen Hargreaves says Manchester United duo Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial could leave following Cristiano Ronaldo return


Owen Hargreaves has reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return (Pictures: Getty/BT Sport)

Owen Hargreaves says Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial could leave Manchester United this summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford.

On Friday, the Red Devils confirmed they had reached an agreement to re-sign Portugal legend Ronaldo from Juventus.

Ronaldo – who scored 101 goals in 134 appearances in Turin – spent six years at Manchester United earlier in his career, establishing himself as one of the best players in the world and a Red Devils legend.

Hargreaves is excited for Ronaldo’s Premier League return but says his arrival at Old Trafford could see Cavani and Martial leave the club.

Uruguayan striker Cavani has impressed in Manchester since joining the club on a free transfer last summer, but currently wears Ronaldo’s No. 7 shirt.

Frenchman Martial, meanwhile, has largely flattered to deceive following a 2015 move from Monaco and was criticised after Manchester United’s draw at Southampton last weekend.

‘United have got Martial, Cavani, Rashford, Greenwood, they almost have too many so maybe someone will leave,’ Hargreaves told Premier League productions.

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‘Could it be Cavani and Martial? You could see someone go out. Cavani’s been amazing for Manchester United but Cristiano is Cristiano.

‘He will want that number seven shirt and I’m guessing Cavani will respect that. Maybe Cavani will go somewhere where he’ll play more regularly. Martial would be a great swap, you’d think there would be a lot of takers for him.’

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was in talks with Manchester City before opting to return to Old Trafford.

Former Red Devils and England midfielder Hargreaves believes his signing is a ‘huge coup’ for Manchester United and the Premier League.

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‘That’s where he belongs,’ he added. ‘He’s one of the greatest player I’ve ever seen, his talent is off the chart but his worth ethic and dedication is even better.

‘I know he’s 36 but Ronaldo has every chance to be the best player in the Premier League this season.

‘For Manchester United fans, nothing better could have happened. It’s a huge coup for United and the Premier League.’

Manchester United have taken four points from their first two games of the season and travel to Wolves on Sunday.

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