The Real Madrid superstar
spent six successful years at
Old Trafford before moving to
Spain and has been saddened
by the Premier League side’s
frustrations post-Sir Alex
Ferguson Cristiano Ronaldo
admits that it is “hard to see”
his old club, Manchester United,
struggling to recapture the elite
quality that defined him in his
spell at Old Trafford.
Before his then-world-record
move to Real Madrid, the
Portuguese spent six years
with United and won three
Premier League trophies and
the Champions League under
legendary manager Sir Alex
Ferguson.

However, United have
struggled since the Scot’s
retirement, first enduring a
dreadful season under David
Moyes and still yet to establish
consistent quality in the reign
of Louis van Gaal.

“It’s different. I don’t say that
it’s better or worse but it
changed a lot,” Ronaldo
told BBC Sport of his old team’s
fortunes. “Manchester, it
changed. Many great players
retired. For example: [Rio]
Ferdinand, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul]
Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville,
etcetera…

“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.”

Wayne Rooney’s late winner for
United against CSKA Moscow in
the Champions League on
Tuesday was all that prevented
the English giants from going
four games without a goal,
with frustration building at Van
Gaal’s style of play.

By contrast, Ronaldo has
already scored 13 goals in 14
games across La Liga and
Europe this season, having
recently become the most
prolific player in the history of
Real Madrid.

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