Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Manchester United not missing Ronaldo, says Megson

Gary Megson believes Manchester United are no weaker for the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

Megson's Bolton travel to Old Trafford today to take on a United side that have required late goals to salvage results in their last two Barclays Premier League home fixtures — Michael Owen's 96th-minute winner against Manchester City and Anton Ferdinand's stoppage-time own goal in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

Asked whether he thought the United team had been weakened by Ronaldo's departure, Megson said: “No — maybe they are a bit different in that Ronaldo isn't there.

“But they are also a little bit different in that (Wayne) Rooney is growing in stature with each season that comes along, and there are one or two other players.

“People seem to be surprised that (Darren) Fletcher is doing as well as he is doing, but he always has.

“People have always had their opinion about Darren and yet any other football club would take him tomorrow.

“Because he's not flamboyant, he's rarely got the credit he deserves, but now you see him starting to flourish, you see what Alex Ferguson knew all along.”

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