Former England international: Cristiano Ronaldo is a negative asset at Manchester United

2022-08-06 0 By

Former England international Carlton Cole has hit out at Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, saying his arrival has failed to improve the club’s situation in an interview with talkSPORT.Cole told the Portuguese international was “part of the problem” at old Trafford.Carlton Cole is an England-born Sierra Leonean footballer. He is a striker who has played for English premier League clubs Chelsea and West Ham United and has also been a member of the England national team.United are out of the FA Cup in the fourth round after losing to Championship side Middlesbrough in a penalty shootout at Old Trafford that ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.Cristiano Ronaldo had a memorable night the day before his 37th birthday as the striker missed a first-half penalty and was unable to find the back of the net against a side one level below the Red Devils.Cole was critical of Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance in the disastrous match.He said Ronaldo had failed to be a leader on the pitch and lacked the tenacity to inspire his team to victory.Obviously, you look for Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don’t know if he can lead by example anymore.He doesn’t have the tenacity.”The Portuguese superstar took a penalty in the final but was unable to stop his club crashing out of the FA Cup and missing out on another chance at silverware.With this defeat, United are in danger of not winning a trophy for the first time in 2017.Cole was highly critical of United after their defeat at Middlesbrough, saying the club looked like a team without motivation or passion.As well as missing penalties, Ronaldo wasted several chances to put the game out of reach.Cole says Cristiano Ronaldo is part of united’s current problems, as he talks about how the United legend’s arrival at Old Trafford has not improved the team or brought them to a level where they can win consistently and compete for trophies.The evidence, not just tonight, but from what has happened since he came in, is that United are still not at the next level.I’m not saying it’s just Cristiano’s fault, a lot of things happened, but he’s part of the problem.Friday night’s FA Cup match saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s worst performance of the season in a United shirt as he failed to inspire his side to a win over the red Devils, who were favourites to win, and failed to convert a number of chances.Ronaldo made headlines for missing a first-half penalty that could have sent his side into the fifth round of the competition, and his overall performance was poor.The man who often scored united’s winning last-minute goals disappeared and failed to repeat the trick for his team.It marked another low point in united’s season, having already seen manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked mid-season and seen the club collapse in the Carling Cup and FA Cup as they lost more trophies.Now the Reds can only fight for a top four place and, on the evidence of their performances, they are likely to miss out on champions League qualification.