‘It makes no sense he is the BEST’: Portuguese legend Luis Figo defends Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and insists the blame lies elsewhere after their disastrous start to the season
- Luis Figo claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is not to blame for Manchester United’s problems
- The 49-year-old Figo believes that people should point the finger elsewhere
- Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 14 matches across all tournaments this season
Portuguese legend Luis Figo has hit critics suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo is to blame for Manchester United’s fall this season.
Ronaldo, 36, has found the back of the net on 10 occasions so far in this campaign, six more than compatriot Bruno Fernandes and team-mate Mason Greenwood, both of whom are behind the United talisman in the current goal-scoring pick order.
United have lost five of their last seven matches in the Premier League, with their most recent match 4-1 in the hands of Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, resulting in the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticized despite having netted 10 times so far this season
Luis Figo believes Ronaldo is still the best and does not understand the criticism he receives
‘That does not make sense. He is the best, ‘the former midfielder told Portuguese news media A Bola.
‘Football lives by results and the team does not achieve the expected results.
‘But he’s one of the best on the team in terms of performance, so I do not understand these criticisms.’
Figo’s comments come after Ronaldo helped his side to a 2-0 win over Unai Emerys Villarreal in their latest Champions League clash on Tuesday.
The match also got Jadon Sancho to score his first goal for the club and Michael Carrick took the temporary lead of the team.
Ronaldo has now found the net six times in five games in Europe’s elite competition and broke the deadlock against the yellow submarine after a great finish on the Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli with 12 minutes left.
Ronaldo lifts the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to give his team the lead over Villarreal
The 36-year-old also made history on the night where the goal made him the first player ever to score in each of an English club’s first five matches in a single Europa Cup / Champions League season (excluding qualifiers).
His role on the team is likely to be different after the arrival of 63-year-old Ralf Rangnick, with the godfather of counter-pressure taking over from Carrick as United’s interim manager until the end of the season. After six months of leadership, Rangnick will then take on a two-year consulting role with the Red Devils.
Many fear that Ronaldo’s lack of pressure could become a problem, but he will no doubt adapt to the new style and way of playing, giving his professionalism and dedication to the club.