Cristiano Ronaldo is being ‘mistreated’ by Manchester United, writes former Reds striker Michael Owen WILLIAM PUGH.
The Portuguese superstar was left on the bench for more than an hour in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea and Owen was unimpressed with the way the 36-year-old has been used recently.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 41-year-old confided: “No, you can’t.
“We were at Old Trafford for the Man City game and suddenly everything was exactly the same and they let Ronaldo go on his own. It was almost abuse!
“Have someone that good on your team and then play defensively with everyone and say ‘Okay, we just hope he scores’ … he’ll be average.
“If you let him and all these good players – or just two of them – play and the others defend, they start to have bad performances because they have no one to go through. via.
“They have no choice, they are breaking the ball shape at 50 meters away. They need other players to come and help them.
“It’s almost an abuse of the good players they have and that’s the last thing you have to do. If anything, expose the trash.
“Find a way to attract world-class players on your team, let [Paul] Pogba, take [Bruno] Fernandes, get Ronaldo, get them the best you can.
“If you concede a few goals because [Eric] Bailly isn’t great either [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka or whoever then well you can replace them.
“But at this minute – because they’re nervous and scared – they just focus on sitting midfielders and more defenders and abusing the excellent players up front, leaving half of them on the ice. bench and one or two players.
“They don’t stand a chance!”
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