“How on earth is Cristiano Ronaldo the problem?” — ex-Man Utd midfielder defends forward after Norwich City win

"How on earth is Cristiano Ronaldo the problem?" — ex-Man Utd midfielder defends forward after Norwich City win

Owen Hargreaves has questioned those who claimed Cristiano Ronaldo is the problem at Manchester United after his heroics against Norwich City.

Ronaldo has endured widespread criticism from former Manchester United players, fans and pundits, most notably, when United fail to win easy games.

The likes of Wayne Rooney has also suggested that Man United should offload the Portuguese forward in the summer in a bid to let Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and other younger players flourish.

However, the former Real Madrid forward keeps shutting his critics with his superb performances. On Saturday, he yet again showed that he isn’t the problem at the club.

The Portuguese goalscorer scored a hat-trick to help United beat Norwich City 3-2 at Old Trafford and Hargreaves cannot believe people still brand him as the problem at the club.

The ex-United midfielder also believes that Ronaldo and David de Gea are the two players helping United push for a top-four finish.

“I was just laughing to myself [about] when people criticise Cristiano Ronaldo and they say ‘Oh, he’s the problem’. How on earth is he the problem?” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.

He’s one of the only reasons they are where they are. David de Gea has been their player of the season and Cristiano Ronaldo is a close second.”

Owen Hargreaves hails Cristiano Ronaldo after his hat-trick helped Manchester United beat Norwich City
Owen Hargreaves hails Cristiano Ronaldo after his hat-trick helped Manchester United beat Norwich City

Though Manchester United won the game, the majority of their players didn’t play well, something Hargreaves confirmed also.

Paul Pogba got booed by the home fans for his performance, Harry Maguire collided with Pogba’s ear during a corner-kick, Victor Lindelof lost track on Teemu Pukki, who would go on to score the equaliser early in the second half and Maguire played a role in Kieran Dowell’s goal at the stroke of half-time.

“I mean, not many people played well today, but Cristiano did,” Hargreaves added.

“And when you’ve got a goalscorer at the top of the pitch, they get you out of trouble.

“I mean that game could’ve been anything, but Ronaldo got the job done, we know that and credit to him. He just showed he’s huge in big moments.”