Manchester United players are all behind Cristiano Ronaldo amid his goal drought, according to manager Ralf Rangnick. The Portugal international struggled in the club’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday, managing just two shots on target throughout the game. And he is currently on a streak of just six games without a goal, his longest drought in a decade.
Ronaldo hasn’t disappointed since returning to United, scoring 14 goals in all competitions – more than any other player.
Still, the Red Devils No.7 has been on a roll in recent weeks and, against Southampton on Saturday, was one of the worst players on the pitch.
Ronaldo squandered a glorious chance to put United ahead before Jadon Sancho struck in to score his first Old Trafford goal.
The veteran got around Fraser Forster, but his tame shot was cleared off the line, much to his annoyance.
Some have started to condemn Ronaldo as United’s season goes from bad to worse.
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“He should score more goals, that’s obvious.
“I think we’ve created enough chances and chances in the last two games, but we just haven’t scored enough goals, but that’s not just a problem with Cristiano, it’s a problem with other players, especially offensive players.
“We don’t score enough goals.”
Ronaldo could conceivably leave United at the end of the campaign.
The Portugal international is unhappy with life at Old Trafford, believing standards have dropped since his first spell in England.
Reports suggest he is set to speak with agent Jorge Mendes to discuss his future, while links with the PSG and MLS sides have also emerged.
Ronaldo will delay any decision to leave the Red Devils until the end of the campaign.
Still, he’s certainly likely to push to leave, for the second time, if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Playing in the Europa League or the UEFA Conference League would be considered a stain on the former Real Madrid and Juventus star’s record.
And what ultimately happens remains to be seen.
Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid, meanwhile, believes United and Ronaldo are stuck in a rut at the moment.
“Ronaldo is United’s most likely goal scorer based on history, he’s proven that,” he said on BBC Radio Five Live.
“But it’s not based on his performance today – we barely saw him today, but you don’t take him out, because of his history.
“Manchester United are lacking identity at the moment. They just don’t know what they are doing.
“It’s often success and hope stuff.”