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Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out on Manchester United’s poor form and responds to international retirement calls


Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined Manchester United in the summer (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo believes that Manchester United are in an adaptation phase and it will take time to realise their full potential.

United have won just three of their last eight games in all competitions, a run which has included Premier League defeats against Leicester and Aston Villa

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has failed to score in each of his last three top flight games after bagging three goals in his first two matches following his return to the club in the summer. 

But despite the recent poor form, the Portuguese icon believes that the best is yet to come from him and the rest of his teammates. 

‘We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy [Raphael] Varane and [Jadon] Sancho,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘The adaption will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.

Jadon Sancho was among several signings in the summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place. To win things as a collective, it’s more easy to win individual stuff, I still think it’s possible.

‘Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club… my role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience and know-how to understand the game.

‘If everyone is thinking like that, sacrifice for the team, I think we will be a better team. We have fantastic supporters behind us, fantastic stadium, fantastic team, so we have to carry on like that.’

The 36-year-old remains a key member of the Portugal national team, raising concerns over his condition if he continues to play every week for his club.

When asked about whether he was considering retiring from international football, Ronaldo said: ‘But why? I think it’s not my time yet. It’s not what people want, it’s what I want.

‘It’s when I feel that I’m not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone… but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I’m still motivated.

‘It’s the main word – [motivated] to do my stuff, to make people happy and my family happy and the fans and myself. I want to put the level even higher.

‘You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists… everything. But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy.’


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