Gary Neville Defends Cristiano Ronaldo Amid Widespread Criticism Over Manchester United Form. Gary Neville has come out in support of Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming that despite recent criticism, the Manchester United star is doing well. It is unfair, according to the Red Devils legend, to compare the 37-year-old to his younger self.
Ronaldo has made 23 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring nine goals. He’s also tallied five assists, but the fans have been clamouring to see more from their playmaker.
During an appearance on Overlap Live, Neville was quick to defend Ronaldo, claiming that the Portuguese star is still performing admirably. The Sky Sports pundit weighed in on the backlash he’s been receiving.
“2005 to 2009, he was like something I’ve never seen – out of this world. What he’s still doing now is exceptional, to be fair, at the age that he is. The goals he’s scoring, the fitness levels, the games he plays. At the moment, it’s not going well at United. He’s getting a bit of (flak) right now, they all are. That’s likely because he’s the greatest player in the world.” Said Neville
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Also on the show was Roy Keane, who added:
“The hardest part of football is scoring goals – by far. To create week in week out – this United team is not that strong but he is still a quality player. He’s one of the world’s greatest but he was never going to get United back winning trophies, not on his own. United needed a lot more.”
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford with a bang, but he has not been at his best recently. Despite the fact that he has 15 goals in all competitions this season, his overall performance has deteriorated.
The Portuguese is not alone among Manchester United’s underperformers, as his teammates have also fallen short of expectations.
Even so, there can be no doubts about the former Real Madrid star’s performance in the Champions League. Ronaldo carried Manchester United into the Round of 16 on his own with some outstanding performances in the group stages, scoring six goals in the process.