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Cristiano Ronaldo is being ‘abused’ by Manchester United, according to former Red Devils striker Michael Owen, writes WILLIAM PUGH.

The Portuguese superstar was left on the bench for more than an hour in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea and Owen has not been impressed with how the 36-year-old has been used recently.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 41-year-old blasted: “No, you can’t.

“We were at Old Trafford for the City game and all of a sudden it’s just exactly the same and they leave Ronaldo up front on his own. That’s almost abuse!

“Having someone that good in your team and then playing everyone defensively and saying ‘That’s alright we’ll just hope he nicks a goal’… he’ll end up being average.

“If you leave him and all these good players – or just two of them – playing and everyone else defending, they’ll start putting in bad performances because they’ve got nobody to pass to.

“They’ve got no options, they’re chipping the ball form 50 yards away. They need other players to come up and help them.

“It’s almost abusing the good players they’ve got and that’s the last thing you’ve got to do. If anything, expose the rubbish.

“Find ways of getting world class players in your team, get [Paul] Pogba, get [Bruno] Fernandes, get Ronaldo, get them as best as you can.

“If you let a few goals in because [Eric] Bailly’s not great or [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka or whoever then fine, you can replace them.

“But at the minute – because they’re nervous and scared – they just bulk up with sitting midfielders and more defenders and abuse the great players up front leaving half of them on the bench and one or two to play.

“They’ve got no chance!”


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