According to his ex-teammate, the Portuguese are not to blame for the Red Devils’ struggles this season.
Manchester United failed Cristiano Ronaldo in his first season back by failing to provide the star with the “platform for success” he deserves, according to former player Rio Ferdinand.
In his return to English football, the Portuguese finished third in the Premier League scoring statistics, but he was unable to break United’s dry streak as they limped to a Europa League finish.
According to a former teammate, the attacker is not to blame because the Red Devils should have delivered the squad around him.
What did Ferdinand say about Manchester United failing Ronaldo?
“On a personal level, he does what Ronaldo does, he scores goals, he wins games, and they don’t go out of the knockout stages of the Champions League without Ronaldo,” Ferdinand told FootballJOE’s YouTube channel.
“He’s scored game-winning goals on several occasions and has kept his end of the bargain. I believe the club has failed to do its part in providing him with a platform for success.
“It just goes to show that great players, those in the conversation as the best players ever – and he’s one of them – you can’t do it alone, you need teammates to help, and this demonstrates that.”
What did Ferdinand have to say about Ronaldo under Ten Hag?
With new management in place at Old Trafford in the form of former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo’s future has been a cause of concern, however, indications point to him staying.
Ferdinand stated that any impact between the two would take weeks, if not months, to take effect, adding: “We must wait and see. This is something we must wait for and give time to.
“Ronaldo stated that this new management must be given time and resources, as well as patience, in order to try to establish something. He has to build something from the ground up here.”