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Pre Retirement: Cristiano Ronaldo Didn’t Come to Old Trafford to Relax: Former Manchester United defender

Silvestre spoke highly of the Portugal skipper and stated that he had not come to Old Trafford to rest.

Mikael Silvestre, a former Manchester United player, has praised Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star forward was blamed for his club’s poor start to the season. Manchester United are now in seventh place in the Premier League rankings, and are practically out of contention for the title. United added some big names ahead of the current season, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane, but the team has yet to live up to expectations.

The Premier League giants fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the middle of last season and replaced him with interim manager Ralph Ragnarick for the remainder of the campaign. The clubs’ fortunes have not improved since the appointment of the German manager, and their league struggle continues.

On his return to the club, Ronaldo put up a number of match-winning efforts. Since his comeback, he has 14 goals and two assists in 19 appearances for United. Many have criticized the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for his off-ball pace and demeanor on the pitch. He appeared enraged with his teammates for their lackluster efforts in recent games.

Silvestre spoke highly of the Portugal skipper and stated that he had not come to Old Trafford to rest.

“This claim that he (Cristiano Ronaldo) is a problem is complete nonsense. Since the start of the season, look at the ratio of goals scored to chances generated. He aspires to be a trophy winner. He didn’t come to United to unwind before retiring; it’s a tougher task than he’s ever faced. Silvestre told The Mirror, “Everything he’s done has been excellent.”

Manchester United play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, and they are still unbeaten in four Premier League games since Ralf Rangnick was hired as manager until the end of the season to turn the team’s fortunes around. Despite three victories and a tie so far, the performances have been far from convincing. United are four points behind Arsenal in fourth place, but they have two games in hand. Wolves are in ninth place, two places below United, but have six fewer points.

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