Cristiano Ronaldo has started his second spell at Manchester United in blistering form, scoring six goals in his opening eight games since completing a sensational return to the club last month.
His return to the club has coincided with a slump in form from Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remaining winless in their last three Premier League games.
The 36-year-old forward has, however, not slowed up this term as he continues to boast a magnificent goalscoring record. His late winner against Atalanta extended his record as the Champions League’s top goalscorer. Furthermore, he has now scored in all three gameweeks of Europe’s fine dining table this season.
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against in-form Liverpool, Ronaldo has opened up on his role at the club and insisted that the adaptation will take time after making three big-money signings over the summer.
🗣 "I know my role in the team."
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 22, 2021
“We are in a moment where Manchester (United) deal with a few changes,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports, as seen above. “They buy me, they buy Varane, they buy Sancho. The adaptation will take time.
“Even the system of the game that we play. I think step by step, we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible. I don’t speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in the first place.
“To win things as a collective, it’s more easy to win than individual stuff. I believe that and I still think that it’s possible. So everyone now should know our role. I know my role in the team, in the club.
“My role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience, my knowhow to understand the game. If every player thinks like that, I think it’ll be a better team, sacrifice for the team.
“When you don’t have more power to run, in your mind you have to be strong. We have fantastic supporters behind us, fantastic stadium, fantastic team – we have to carry on like that.”
Stretty News Verdict
Ronaldo remains one of the best players in the world and despite turning 37 next year, he is already proving to be shrewd piece of business from Manchester United.
Six goals in eight games show his predatory instincts inside the box and that will improve as the season goes on. Furthermore, the early struggles of this season will ease, and sooner rather than later, United will rediscover their form.
If the comeback win against Atalanta wasn’t the turning point, Sunday’s encounter with bitter rivals Liverpool could prove to be just that. Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently second in the league and come into the meeting full of confidence.