Mikael Silvestre reacts to suggestion Cristiano Ronaldo is a problem for Man Utd

Mikael Silvestre has rubbished suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo has created a problem for Manchester United on the pitch.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed a dramatic return to Old Trafford in the summer, 12 years after he left the club for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has kept up his fine goalscoring record this season, netting 13 goals in 18 games across all competitions despite the team’s overall struggles under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But some have questioned the Portugal international’s work rate and pressing, with pundits such as Jamie Carragher suggesting that he can be a ‘passenger’ during matches.

‘How can a club the size of Manchester United still rely on a guy who’s [nearly] 37? He was unbelievable, his goal record is unbelievable, but if he doesn’t score he is a passenger in the game,’ Liverpool legend Carragher told CBS Sports last month.

‘You have to accept that, that’s a fact. But he scores nearly every game so at the moment you can accept it. If Cristiano Ronaldo went four or five games without scoring, that’s a massive problem for Manchester United.’

Ralf Rangnick, however, singled out Ronaldo’s work off the ball for praise after the United interim boss’ first game in charge – the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

And former Red Devils defender Silvestre thinks the striker has been anything but detrimental to the team.

‘This comment about him being a problem is absolute rubbish. Look at the ratio of goals scored; chances created since the start of the season,’ Silvestre told the Daily Star via FreeBets.com.

‘He wants to help, wants to win trophies. He didn’t come to United to relax pre-retirement, it’s an even a bigger challenge than what he faced at his previous clubs.

‘He left United after winning the Ballon D’or, winning the Premier League and being a top player. He knew there would be questions asked of him and what he can bring but he’s a leader.

‘He doesn’t wear the armband, but he shows the way, and everything has been positive in what he’s done.’

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