"This is Man U's Thierry Henry moment," says Wenger

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London, Aug 29(ANI): Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United are facing the same trauma as Arsenal did, when Thierry Henry left the club in 2007.

"Thierry was, in the end, a personality that had a big weight in the team. Also no one could refuse to give him the ball so when he left our play sometimes became a bit more diversified," The Sun quoted Wenger, as saying.

"United have some big personalities in the team. But, Ronaldo won Player of the Year and European Player of the Year so suddenly they have a lack of charisma around them and everybody will look at their team differently. Yes, you could say this is their Thierry Henry moment," he added.

Wenger reckons that the Red Devils are in a weak situation and will take time to adjust with Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov after Ronaldo left the club following a world record 80 million pound switch to Real Madrid in the summer.

"Ronaldo didn't look as convincing as the year before. Though when you look at the numbers of games he played and the number of goals he scored he was still as efficient as before," Wenger said.

"I believe they will miss him. When a player becomes too strong in a team, others are a little bit isolated or forgotten. So, when he disappears many of the players turn up because of the way the game goes through different players," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 16:01 [IST]
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