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Manchester United given stark warning over impact of ‘genius’ Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United great Bryan Robson is stunned by criticism of ‘season saver’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

After completing deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the Old Trafford giants ramped things up to another level during the summer transfer window when they re-signed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – after spells at Real Madrid and Juventus.

During his second coming, the 36-year-old has scored nine goals in 12 appearances.

Ronaldo has also netted crucial Champions League goals against Villarreal and Atalanta to put United on the verge of progressing to the knock-out stages in that competition.

That’s despite seeing their Premier League title hopes in tatters after only 11 games on the back of alarming defeats to bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

United and Ronaldo drew blanks in those games prior to the November international break – but where would they be without the goal-getting Portuguese sensation?

During a wide-ranging interview with Mail Online, ex-United captain Robson said: “It beggars belief that people are blaming Cristiano Ronaldo. Where would we be now without his genius?

“Without his goals, including the best three of the season, so far, we would be out of the Champions League and in the bottom half of the Premier League.

“This is what he was bought for and why he’s a fantastic signing, regardless of age.”

Robson added: “I don’t recall any commentators knocking Jimmy Greaves for goal-hanging and scoring goals is the most difficult aspect of football.

“I always believed when I was a manager if you had a player who could guarantee goals, let alone one as special as Cristiano, you could afford to have that one luxury in your team.

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“Let the rest get on with helping each other and supplying him with the ball to work his magic in making and taking goals. That’s the job for the genius.

“At Euro 96, England were all happy to do that for Paul Gascoigne. One thing I told Gazza was to calm down, forget about defending. Leave that to others. Focus on winning the matches.”

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