Portuguese legend Luis Figo defends Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo

‘It doesn’t make sense, he’s 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 Cristiano Ronaldo is not to blame for Manchester United’s woes
  • 49-year-old Figo thinks people should point the finger elsewhere
  • Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 14 games across all competitions this season











Portuguese legend Luis Figo has criticized critics who suggest Cristiano Ronaldo is responsible for Manchester United’s demise this season.

The 36-year-old Ronaldo has found the back of the net ten times so far this season, six more than compatriot Bruno Fernandes and team-mate Mason Greenwood, who are both behind the United talisman in the current goal ranking.

United have lost five of their last seven games in the Premier League, the most recent coming in a 4-1 Drubbing by Watford at Vicarage Road last Saturday, resulting in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticized despite scoring 10 goals so far this season

Luis Figo still thinks Ronaldo is the best and doesn't understand the criticism he gets

Luis Figo still thinks Ronaldo is the best and doesn’t understand the criticism he gets

‘It does not make any sense. He is the best,” the former midfielder told Portuguese news channel A Bola.

“Football lives on results and the team does not achieve the expected results.

“But in terms of performance he is one of the best in the team, so I don’t understand this criticism.”

Figo’s comments come after Ronaldo helped his team to a 2-0 win over Unai Emery’s Villarreal in their final Champions League game on Tuesday.

In the match, Jadon Sancho also scored his first goal for the club, with Michael Carrick taking over the lead from the side in the interim.

Ronaldo has now netted six times in five games in elite European competition, breaking the deadlock against the Yellow Submarine after a well-played loft finish over Argentina goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli with 12 minutes left to play.

Ronaldo lifts the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli and gives his side the lead over Villarreal

Ronaldo lifts the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli and gives his side the lead over Villarreal

The 36-year-old also made history that night, aiming to become the first ever player to score in each of an English club’s first five games of a single European Cup/Champions League season (excluding qualifiers).

His role on the side will likely be different after the arrival of 63-year-old Ralf Rangnick, with the godfather of gegenpressing taking over from Carrick as United’s interim manager until the end of the season. After six months in charge, Rangnick will take up a two-year consultative role with the Red Devils.

Many fear Ronaldo’s lack of pressure could be a problem, but he will no doubt adapt to the new style and way of playing by showing his professionalism and dedication to the club.

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