Cristiano Ronaldo gets a lot of stick this season. Many fans argue that Man United’s decline is partly down to him forcing the team to play a simpler football and not participating in collective pressing.
Additionally, his goalscoring numbers have fallen this year. The 37-year-old has not scored this year and has just 14 goals in 26 United games.
But Alan Shearer insists it’s the lack of proper organizational structure at United that is to blame for the Portuguese’s poor return.
“Ronaldo must be thinking, ‘what have I walked into…’,” Shearer wrote for The Athletic.
“He is an unbelievable player — one of the greatest to have ever strode the planet — but he is also 37.
“He rails against being left out or being taken off because the very essence of his make-up is an unparalleled will to win and a determination never to be beaten.”
“He wants to play every single minute of every match. Once that attitude goes, Ronaldo goes. But, of course, it also puts pressure on the manager.
“I don’t blame Ronaldo for anything that’s going on there. He has every right to believe that if it wasn’t for him then they’d be far worse off than they are. He would be correct.
“Should he be more graceful at the end of matches, encouraging his teammates? For me, it’s a false narrative.
“The hard questions should be asked of Manchester United’s pathetic defending, or the lack of it.
“Ronaldo isn’t making excuses, he’s fuming at the chaos and demanding better.”