Cristiano Ronaldo: Why I find it hard to see Man United struggle

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says it is tough to see Manchester United struggling

Cristiano Ronaldo says he finds it difficult to watch Manchester United struggling in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are in fourth place and four points behind leaders Manchester City after their goalless draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.

I like to see the club that I like in the top, and I think Manchester, this season, is better but I think they still have work to do to be in [the] level of six, seven years ago

Cristiano Ronaldo

The 20-time English champions have won just one of their last four games in the Premier League after draws with City and Palace after a 3-0 loss to Arsenal last month.

Ronaldo, who moved to Real Madrid from United in 2009, believes Louis van Gaal’s side still need to improve if they want to emulate Sir Alex Feguson’s United success.

“It’s different – I don’t say that it’s better or worse but it changed a lot,” Ronaldo told BBC Sport.

“Manchester, it changed. Many great players retired. For example, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, etc.

“I move to Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson’s gone – the structured changed, in my opinion. This is why Manchester is not the same Manchester of six years ago. This is a fact, it’s true.

“For me it’s hard to see that because it’s a club I love and of course I want to see Manchester United in a level that it was in the past. I like to see the club that I like in the top, and I think Manchester, this season, is better but I think they still have work to do to be in [the] level of six, seven years ago.”

Ronaldo has been linked with a return to United in recent years, although Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for the Portugal international.

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The 30-year-old won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup and three League Cups during an six-year career at Old Trafford.

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