Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo would have thrived with Kieran Trippier, says Gabby Agbonlahor

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Man United have ‘MISSED a trick’ not beating Newcastle to the £12m signing of Kieran Trippier, claims Gabby Agbonlahor… and Cristiano Ronaldo will SUFFER as a result because Aaron Wan-Bissaka is ‘just NOT good enough’

  • Kieran Trippier is on the verge of sealing a £12million switch to join Newcastle
  • Gabby Agbonlahor believes Manchester United have ‘missed a trick’ on Trippier
  • United, who were interested in him last summer, failed to make a move this time
  • Agbonlahor claims Cristiano Ronaldo and Trippier would have paired ‘perfectly’


Kieran Trippier would have been ‘perfect’ playing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United ‘missed a trick’ in letting the full-back head to Newcastle, believes Gabby Agbonlahor. 

England international Trippier was in the north east this week to seal a £12million switch from Atletico Madrid to join relegation-threatened Newcastle. 

Agbonlahor believes Trippier, who boasts Champions League pedigree, would have perfectly complimented Ronaldo as he is a pin-point crosser of the ball, unlike, he says, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.  

Cristiano Ronaldo would have paired 'perfectly' with Kieran Trippier, says Gabby Agbonlahor

 Cristiano Ronaldo would have paired ‘perfectly’ with Kieran Trippier, says Gabby Agbonlahor

England international Trippier is on the verge of completing a £12m move to Newcastle

Agbonlahor is critical of Aaron Wan-Bissaka's final ball in attack

The talkSPORT pundit feels Aaron Wan-Bissaka (right) is not good enough for Manchester United and Ronaldo would have be provided much better service playing with Trippier (left)

‘When I watch Manchester United, and I don’t know if you agree, Ronaldo must be so frustrated from the right-hand side because I love Wan-Bissaka defensively, but he can’t cross a ball,’ Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

‘There was an incident where he actually tapped the ball with his left foot and fell over and crossed it out of play. He’s just not good enough for Manchester United.

‘The thing I don’t understand is why have Manchester United let Trippier go to Newcastle? 

‘He would be perfect for Manchester United. Just get it done. For that sort of money, £12million, I’m sure Manchester United can pay the sort of wages that Newcastle can.  

Agbonlahor believes that Manchester United have 'missed a trick' not pursuing Trippier again

 Agbonlahor believes that Manchester United have ‘missed a trick’ not pursuing Trippier again

‘Put him on that right-hand side, imagine the goals that Ronaldo and Cavani would get from that service. Wan-Bissaka is not a modern-day full-back; especially in a top team. So, for me, Manchester United have missed a trick with Trippier.’

United had shown an interest in acquiring Trippier last summer but failed to re-register it this time around when it became clear the player was angling for a move back to England.  

Atletico Madrid wanted £25m last summer but after he entered the final year of his contract, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle were able to strike a deal at half the price. 

Wan-Bissaka is among a host of United players which have come in for criticism in recent weeks. 

The Crystal Palace academy graduate is yet to register a single assist so far this season and he has been in and out of the side since interim boss Ralf Rangnick arrived. 

Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford in August, has been the club’s top scorer this season with 14 goals in all competitions. 

But he has not been shy to show his annoyance with the service he has been receiving from wide areas, something which would have been addressed had Trippier been signed.  

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