Tony Cascarino insists Bruno Fernandes is more responsible for Manchester United’s poor form than Cristiano Ronaldo.
A week of questions surrounding the Red Devils ends with a critical clash against Tottenham on Saturday night – live on talkSPORT.
Along with obvious doubts about manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future, many have questioned Ronaldo and called for Edinson Cavani to be chosen instead.
However, former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino points out that Ronaldo’s Portugal teammate Fernandes is more of a problem for the Red Devils.
The attacking midfielder has been sensational with 30 goals in 60 top-level appearances since joining Old Trafford in January 2020, but this season has been a different story.
While Ronaldo has failed to score in his last five Premier League games, Fernandes has not found the net in nine matches in all competitions.
Cascarino believes Fernandes should be the one to step aside, as he did for Portugal at Euro 2020.
TalkSPORT Weekend Sports Breakfast host Cascarino said: “I thought Ronaldo was the best striker last week against Liverpool. He didn’t play brilliantly, but he was the best of the bunch and you can’t. point the finger at it.
“He needs a Cavani by his side. He had [Karim] Benzema at Real Madrid who worked his socks off. They changed their position and Ronaldo could do it with Cavani.
“It’s a really easy option to say Ronaldo [should be dropped]. Fernandes was much poorer and he may have to pay the price.
“By the way, it happened with the Portuguese team this summer.
“You know Ronaldo is going to deliver, I don’t feel the same for Fernandes. Last year, certainly. This year, I don’t see the same player.
The Portuguese midfielder entered Euro 2020 following superb form for his club and has been tipped to be one of the star players in the summer tournament.
However, having started the first two games – a 3-0 win over Hungary and a 4-2 loss to Germany – Fernandes was on the bench for the remainder of the tournament, with Renato Sanches preferred in his place.
The reigning champions finally came out in the round of 16, losing to Belgium.
Cascarino added: “I think Fernandes is far away. Didn’t score in nine, didn’t play particularly well, waving his arms whenever they lost the ball.
“I didn’t think he was offering anything against Liverpool. When you’re n ° 10, it’s hard not to have the ball.
“We all know how good and dangerous he can be, he hasn’t been for a while now. You can be at a big football club and be fair or even below average. “