Portugal legend Luis Figo defends Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo

‘It does not make any sense, he is the best’: Portugal legend Luis Figo defends Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and insists the blame lies elsewhere after their disastrous start to the season

Portugal legend Luis Figo has hit out at critics who are suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo is to blame for Manchester United’s downfall this season.

Ronaldo, 36, has found the back of the net on 10 occasions so far this campaign, six more than fellow countryman Bruno Fernandes and teammate Mason Greenwood, who are both behind the United talisman in the current goalscoring pecking order.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo has come under criticism despite netting 10 times so far this season

Luis Figo believes Ronaldo is still the best, and doesn't understand the criticism he is receiving

Luis Figo believes Ronaldo is still the best, and doesn’t understand the criticism he is receiving

‘It does not make sense. He is the best,’ the former midfielder told Portuguese news outlet A Bola.

‘Football lives on results and the team is not achieving the expected results.

‘But he’s being one of the best in the team in terms of performance, so I don’t understand these criticisms.’

Figo’s comments come after Ronaldo helped his side to a 2-0 victory over Unai Emery’s Villarreal in their latest Champions League clash on Tuesday. 

The game also saw Jadon Sancho net his first goal for the club, and Michael Carrick take interim charge of the side.

Ronaldo has now found the net six times in five outings in Europe’s elite competition, and broke the deadlock against the Yellow Submarine after well-taken lofted finish over Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli with 12 minutes to play.

Ronaldo lifts the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to give his side the lead over Villarreal

Ronaldo lifts the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to give his side the lead over Villarreal

The 36-year-old also made history on the night, with the goal making him the first-ever player to score in each of an English club’s first five matches of a single European Cup/Champions League season (excluding qualifiers).

His role in the side is likely to differ following 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 then take up a two-year consultation role with the Red Devils.

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

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