Dimitar Berbatov has said Cristiano Ronaldo’s current drought is “allowed” and Ralf Rangnick “should dream” of bolstering Manchester United’s attack with Erling Haaland.
The United hero has defended his former team-mate’s dip in form and, while he believes Ronaldo can cope, he shouldn’t take all the blame and the other players need to ‘produce more for him’.
Speaking to Betfair, the Bulgarian who played for United between 2008 and 2012 said: “When teams have a bad result the star players always end up being blamed, and the minute with Manchester Untied that’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
“At the moment he has only scored one goal in ten games and that seems problematic for everyone, but not for me.
“There are eleven players on the pitch and the blame must be shared. Ronaldo is an icon in the world of football and people must remember that he is 37 years old.
“So every once in a while he is allowed to have a few bad games. But I don’t think that’s the problem here. Overall, as a team, when they have a good game, they have to follow that.
“I think Ronaldo is doing enough for United, obviously people will be looking for more because of the standards he sets. There will always be people questioning him when he has a bad game, and they are taking advantage of that now. People have to take into account his age, the way he plays, his position and the way the team plays.
“People have to be realistic with him and they have to know that it’s totally different when you’re 37 or 27. He’s going to have times when he needs his teammates to produce more for him, that’s normal in the game. soccer.
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“Ronaldo is a total professional and he will talk to the manager and he will want to produce more. Everyone in the United team needs to produce more, the standards should be much higher than they are.
“Ronaldo is also a realistic guy, he will know his performances are not where he wants them to be, even though he is older and his game is totally different, he sets very high standards. I don’t think not that it needs to be explained to him.
“Not everything he has achieved in football is down to luck, he knows what he is doing, and he will know that he will have to produce more right now and believe me that will take him forward. People have to get off his back and let him.
Berbatov also gave his views on United bringing in big-name players to help Ronaldo with the Red Devils next season.
United have expressed an interest in signing Erling Haaland to bolster their attacking options, and the club legend believes Rangnick must “start dreaming” that the star-studded strike force can become a reality.
“I saw the video circulating on social media of Ralf Rangnick mocking Erling Haaland’s signing for United,” he said. “He told a fan that they ‘must be dreaming’ of signing him.”
“Maybe it’s a sign that they can’t afford it or it’s not possible for him to move to the club at the moment when they’re not producing good enough football to pique his interest. maybe that’s what he meant.
“For me, they have to go back to those high performance standards that they used to set, so they can attract big players.
“Everyone wants it in the summer and maybe Rangnick was being realistic.”
The former striker went on to say that the caretaker boss needs to be aware of how he discusses transfer targets in public if he wants to improve United’s squad following the German’s comments on Saturday.
“It’s not a great look though, and these days you have to be careful because you can find yourself in a moment where you have to explain yourself,” he added.
“You must be crazy not wanting a player like Haaland in your team, so maybe Ralf Rangnick should start dreaming.”
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