As rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit grow louder, a former Manchester United player has endorsed the Portuguese’s staying put.

Crux: Manchester United legend Paul Scholes sees Cristiano Ronald’s performance in the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Southampton as proof of the 37-year-old’s importance. Manchester is missing a “really central point and Cristiano could be that point,” says Scholes on “BT Sport”.

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“Hope he doesn’t go”: The 47-year-old continues to emphasize: “There will be times when other players are needed. I hope Cristiano doesn’t leave, but if he does I think they will need a centre-forward.”