Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has been known as into query following a uncommon drought within the Premier League.
Despite scoring in every of the Red Devils’ final three Champions League clashes, home targets have dried up for the Portugal icon.
After netting twice on his second United debut towards Newcastle and once more at West Ham, the 36-year-old has failed to discover the online in all 5 top-flight fixtures since.
It’s his longest barren run in any league since 2009 – and it’s come amid a determined run of kind for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males.
They’ve failed to win the final 4 Premier League matches, with their most up-to-date outcome a 5-0 humiliation towards Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Many anticipated United to problem for the title after spending massive to get Ronaldo again, alongside costly acquisitions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
But Sunderland legend and talkSPORT Manchester correspondent Micky Gray suggests Ronaldo has solely hindered the Red Devils.
“Solskjaer has got to pick an XI that he can rely on,” Gray informed the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I’m most likely going full-circle right here, however I do query Ronaldo coming again for Man United now.
“We discuss moving into a path over the previous couple of seasons for Ole, which was about bringing in younger, recent players, having plenty of power on the membership.
“Look, he’s a unbelievable goalscorer and he’s been an unimaginable participant in his profession.
“But if you’re going in a direction with a football club and you want to get them to that next level, I don’t think bringing in Cristiano was the right thing to do.”
He added: “When they performed towards Aston Villa, Bruno Fernandes was on the sting of the 18-yard field with no person round him. Last season, he would’ve taken that shot 100 occasions out of 100.
“But he performed it out large to Ronaldo, as a result of Ronaldo’s presence on the pitch makes you feel like you have got to pass the ball to him.
“They’ve obtained to overlook about that, they’ve obtained to get again to profitable methods. If you take a look at City, Liverpool and Chelsea, the best way they set-up, their organisation, they set traps for everyone.
“Man United haven’t been doing that.”
However, Gray insists the blame for United’s run can’t be aimed squarely at CR7 and have to be shared all through the United facet, notably in defence.
The Red Devils have conceded 12 targets of their final three matches, making quite a few sloppy errors.
He added: “Watching Man United, it’s just like the defence are enjoying for themselves, the forwards are requested to rating targets, and the midfield are simply requested to run round and preserve the ball.
“None of that’s occurring in the mean time.
“Yeah, they is likely to be scoring a number of targets. But that again 4 and the errors they have been making on the weekend, it was worse than schoolboy. It was ridiculous.
“I love Fernandes, but when you’ve got him running around and trying to do things on his own, it leaves gaps. When you’re playing against a team like Liverpool, they’ll see that, rub their hands together, say thank you very much, and play round you.”
Next up for Solskjaer’s males, it’s Tottenham away – dwell on talkSPORT this Saturday – as Solskjaer fights to save his job.