Cristiano Ronaldo has been the only shining light amid the darkness in the ongoing season for Manchester United. Ronaldo, who had signed up with his former club in the previous summer, continued to impress as he led the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The talisman scored the equalizer against the Blues from a volley to help his team share the spoils. There is no doubt that it has been a torrid season for the Red Devils as they have failed to come up with collective efforts but Ronaldo has helped them win some games by sheer individual brilliance.
Ronaldo has this hunger to keep scoring goals and he is consistently finding the back of the net despite being 37 now.
Neville said on Sky Sports, “He came to score goals, and he’s scoring goals. He must be incredibly frustrated. It’s [this team’s performances] not what he wanted at the end of his career, not what he wanted on his return to Manchester United, but he still continues.
“His persistence, his determination to continue to contribute to score goals is absolutely incredible. “You can’t really speak highly enough of him. His goal tonight was wonderful. He doesn’t really lose that belief in himself when you can see that’s a team lacking in confidence completely, yet his is still there. “He’s still scored plenty of goals for united in a team that isn’t co-ordinated, hasn’t got a plan, but he’s a sensation, absolute sensation.”
In fact, it has been a difficult phase in Ronaldo’s personal life as he recently lost his newborn son. Ronaldo had also scored against Arsenal and had dedicated the same to his late son.
He said: “The recovery from the tragedy last week, he could easily have said for compassionate reasons ‘I’m staying at home.’ “He has been a bright light in a poor season. It will be really interesting with Erik ten Hag what happens at end of the season.
“He will want a goalscorer, he wants someone who can put the ball in the back of he net 20 to 25 times, and he’s got that man. Can United use Cristiano Ronaldo as a bridge to get them through Erik ten Hag’s first season? Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon, he’s a global icon.”
Manchester United will nextface Brentford on Monday.