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Written by Martin Graham | May 28, 2022
The former Manchester United defender turned critic has blamed his former club for wasting Cristiano Ronaldo’s comeback season.
The 37-year-old returned to Old Trafford in the summer after three years in Italy with Juventus in his first house at Swansong. He managed to score 24 goals (18 in the Premier League) and three assists in a total of 39 matches for the club.
However, the rest of the squad was a fat screamer than they had been in the previous season. Initially under Ronaldo’s former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then under Ralf Rangnick, he is now an advisor to the club’s sporting director.
While Ronaldo appeared to be thriving, the rest of the squad couldn’t keep up with his wavelength and, in the end, his decent comeback with 18 Premier League goals saw them finish sixth and lose the Champions League.
As a result, Ronaldo is set to enter Europe’s second tier for the first time in his illustrious career, and United have qualified directly for the tournament for the first time in decades.
Ferdinand, who also played with Ronaldo on his first stint with United, claims that the club has not given Ronaldo the atmosphere in which he thrives.
What was said?
Ferdinand Ronaldo praised the good season he saw behind eventual Golden Boot winners Mohamed Salah and Hong Min Son by scoring 18 league goals.
“On a personal level, he does what Ronaldo does, he scores goals, wins matches, and without Ronaldo they don’t get out of the Champions League knockout stages,” Ferdinand said. footballE channel on YouTube.
He then went on to say that Ronaldo didn’t get help despite pulling rabbits out of his hat on a number of occasions.
“He scored winning goals several times and stood his side of the deal. I think the club has clearly not played its part in terms of giving him a platform to succeed,” Ferdinand added.
“It just shows you that great players, those who speak up as the best players ever – and he’s one of them – you can’t do it alone, you need your teammates to help and this shows.”
Ronaldo and Ten Hag will do well
Ferdinand then indicated that Ronaldo and Ten Hag will thrive together in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s final season, according to his contract, but they need time.
“We have to wait and see. This is something we have to wait and give it time,” the former England international remained. “Ronaldo said that this new manager needs to be given time and it has to be given that given the resources, with patience, to try to create something. He has to create something almost from scratch here.”