Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo is only thinking about himself at the moment, adding that the Portuguese’s expectations are rather unrealistic.
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford from Juventus last summer in hopes of leading Manchester United to a fruitful season. Unfortunately, despite his best attempts, the Red Devils not only managed to secure a trophy, but also ended up outside the top 4 of the Premier League.
Due to United’s lackluster campaign, the 37-year-old has reportedly submitted his transfer application (via the Mirror), potentially to join a club set to take part in the Champions League next season.
Saha claimed it was unrealistic for Ronaldo to expect his transfer request to be approved by United, claiming the club would not adapt just to fulfill his dream.
In an interview with Sky Bet (via the Mirror), he said:
“In a way, from Cristiano Ronaldo’s point of view, now asking a club of this size to adapt to him and his dream is a bit unrealistic.
“Even last year I’m sorry but the magic could have happened and everything could have gone well and they would have won the Champions League and the Premier League and there you go, he could say he could stay because he was in it would have. It was unrealistic that his arrival alone would have changed all that.”
“If I ask that again after a bad season and maybe not a great transfer market deal from his point of view, I don’t really understand how dramatic it is to change and do all these things. I think last year he was at Juventus but they didn’t win the Champions League.”
The former striker also believes Ronaldo is putting his own career ahead of the club’s well-being. Saha explained:
“I’m not Cristiano but as someone who seems to be a Manchester United supporter I felt he didn’t show that fully enough, he’s thinking of himself.
“I’m not going to judge him because he’s a great player and I’m not in his position, but I would have loved it if he stayed because he’s a great player. No one can judge his actions at this moment because it’s his own career.”
The Manchester United No.7 scored 24 goals in 38 all-competition games for the Red Devils in the 2021/22 season and finished the season as the club’s top scorer.
Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo struggles in game one under Erik ten Hag
After missing United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for personal reasons, Ronaldo finally returned to group training in the last week of July.
After participating in some training sessions under new coach Erik ten Hag, the five-time Ballon d’Or winners started the pre-season campaign against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday (31 July).
Ronaldo struggled to find his footing in Ten Hag’s first game at Old Trafford and rarely posed a threat in front of the visitors’ goal.
After a lackluster first half in which he failed to find a shot on target, he was substituted for Amad Diallo at the break.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-cristiano-ronaldo-s-point-view-bit-unrealistic-former-manchester-united-star-says-clubs-will-adapt-ronaldo-dream?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “From Cristiano Ronaldo’s point of view it is a bit unrealistic”