‘I was disappointed in him’ – Jamie Carragher identifies what Cristiano Ronaldo ‘lacks’ since Manchester United return

Former Premier League defender Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has lacked leadership qualities this season.

Manchester United bounced back from their loss to Everton with a 3-2 victory over Norwich City at the weekend, courtesy of a hat-trick from Ronaldo. It should be noted that the Red Devils’ previous win over Tottenham Hotspur was also powered by a hat-trick from the 37-year-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes only the sixth player to score consecutive hat-tricks at home in the Premier League 🎩 https://t.co/gpfG0x7kle

Ralf Rangnick’s side will now be banking on Ronaldo to deliver the goods against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday. Carragher, however, slammed the Portugal international ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Merseyside.

The Liverpool legend recalled Ronaldo’s tantrums against Everton and insisted he failed to be a figurehead for Manchester United. Carragher also claimed the Portuguese could be a problem for the club’s next manager. He said on LADbible [via The Express]:

“Where are you going right now if you’re United and you have a 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo? He’s got a year left, a new manager is coming and he’s going to want to buy a centre-forward.”

“I think Ronaldo, how great a professional he is and how great a player he is, I think he could be a problem. I’ve been disappointed with him this season. Not with the goals, but It didn’t go well for United, and I wish he was more of a leader. I don’t mind if he scores a weird goal, his goalscoring record is amazing, he’s a legendary figure.

“I just think sometimes I think back to the Everton game, he was throwing his arm at the players, throwing the ball sometimes, we’re all frustrated, but I’d like to see him be that guy who lifts the younger players up a bit I just think it’s lacking.

It now remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will respond to Carragher’s claims by guiding Manchester United to a win against the Englishman’s former employers on Tuesday.

How has Cristiano Ronaldo fared for Manchester United this season?

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a spectacular return to Old Trafford last summer. He joined the Red Devils from Serie A giants Juventus on a two-year deal at the start of the current season.

The Portuguese has been a key player for the Premier League giants ever since. He scored 21 goals and provided three assists in 35 appearances in all competitions for the team.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the first Man United No.7 to score 20 goals in all competitions since Cristiano Ronaldo did so in 2008-09 🤯🍷 https://t.co/lpgn4hu6qk

Although Ronaldo faced a lot of criticism for his performances at Manchester United this season, he remained the team’s top scorer. It should also be noted that he is currently third in the Premier League goalscoring chart, behind Mohamed Salah (20) and Heung-min Son (17).

Edited by Dakir Mohammad Thanveer

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