FORMER Old Trafford defender David May believes United were right to cash in on Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Reds received a world record £80m pound fee from Real Madrid for the Portuguese winger and May believes it was inevitable that there would be a parting of the ways.
"No matter how good or valuable the player is, if they want to leave let them go," he said. "It was Ronaldo's dream to play for Real Madrid so good luck to him."
While there was one high-profile departure from Old Trafford Sir Alex Ferguson surprised everyone by picking up Michael Owen on a free from Newcastle. May played against him many times and believes the signing could turn out to be a masterstroke. "Michael Owen's goal-scoring record is fantastic and he is now at the best club. United will create chances and Owen will definitely score goals."
May was speaking at the inaugural Unibond League Charity Golf Classic. He was joined by former Reds' stars Alex Stepney and Andy Ritchie at Mere.
Stepney isn't too concerned by Sunday's penalty shoot-out defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
"I prefer winning on penalties in the Champions League final than in the Community Shield.
"I think we played well and the manager is getting things the way he wants them."
Former striker Andy Ritchie shares Stepney's optimism ahead of the new campaign.
"I am really looking forward to the season starting and United going all the way again.
"I think it is going to be United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal."
City fans will notice one glaring omission from that top four, Ritchie believes the Blues will have to be patient in their bid for Champions League football. "I don't think City are going to get there, they will just be outside but they will give it a good go," he said.