Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming that he understands his situation.The Portuguese forward has been severely scrutinized by fans and the media in recent weeks.The future of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains under speculation after he asked United to sell him in July, as reported by The Times.
C.Ronaldo missed the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia citing family reasons. He featured in the first half of the club’s last pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano on July 31.Harry Maguire has claimed that he understands that the star forward always has to deal with plenty of attention and scrutiny.The United skipper has insisted that the pressure is enormous when one plays for a gargantuan club like the Red Devils. He told Sky Sports:
“Ronaldo is a magnificent player and magnificent character to have around us. I know what it is like to have a lot of media speculation around me but he takes the majority of it.”“Everything he does is obviously scrutinised to a degree. I think this is what you get when you play for this club [due to] the size of the club.”“On the other hand when things are good you get a lot of praise. That’s football, that’s the sport that we play, there is a line that can be crossed and there are things we can do in this country to prevent that.”
Cristiano Ronaldo made quite a brave move last summer by moving to United 12 years after moving to Real Madrid.While he had a good season as an individual, that wasn’t the case for the United. United endured a season to forget, finishing sixth in the table with their worst points total in a season (58).Even at the age of 37, Cristiano Ronaldo remains a force to be reckoned with. He finished as the club’s highest goal-scorer last season with 24 goals in 38 games across competitions.