Cristiano Ronaldo admits that it is “hard to see” his old club, Manchester United, struggling to recapture the elite quality that defined him in his spell at Old Trafford.
Before his then-world-record move to Real Madrid, the Portuguese spent six years with United and won three Premier League trophies and the Champions League under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, United have struggled since the Scot’s retirement, first enduring a dreadful season under David Moyes and still yet to establish consistent quality in the reign of Louis van Gaal.
“For me it’s hard to see that,” Ronaldo told BBC Sport of his old team’s trials, “because it’s a club I love and of course I want to see Manchester United in a level that it was in the past.
“I like to see the club that I like in the top – and I think Manchester, this season, is better but I think they still have work to do to be in [the] level of six, seven years ago.”
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