Cristiano Ronaldo SURPASSED expectations in first Man Utd season after transfer return despite club woes, says Berbatov

DIMITAR BERBATOV says the “stats prove” Cristiano Ronaldo was successful at Manchester United this season – regardless of the membership’s disappointing marketing campaign.

United followers hoped they could problem for prime honours once more after membership legend Ronaldo returned from Juventus final summer time.

OffsideCristiano Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov have been a part of a potent Manchester United frontline in 2009[/caption]

As an alternative it was one other trophyless marketing campaign and disappointing sixth-place Prem end that noticed them finish 35 factors behind champions and bitter rivals Manchester City.

It was additionally a season which noticed membership legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer relieved of managerial duties in November, and the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as caretaker boss.

Query marks have been raised over Ronaldo’s affect on the dressing room, and he endured a 587-minute mid-season goal drought – his longest in practically 12 years.

However the Portugal striker nonetheless bagged 24 targets for United in all competitions – 18 within the league – and nearly single-handedly dragged the membership into the knock-out phases of the Champions League.


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And his former Crimson Devils striker companion Berbatov says – taking every little thing under consideration – 37-year-old Ronaldo’s return can solely be seen as successful.

The retired Bulgaria ahead, 41, advised Betfair: “I’ve been requested a number of occasions about him, and each time I’ve mentioned the identical factor.

“He’s bringing targets, bringing expertise, serving to the younger expertise and figuring out simply how one can play the sport.

“He’s additionally good about the way in which he performs and what he brings to the desk.


“It doesn’t matter how outdated he’s and he has confirmed that.

“He is playing in the Premier League — the best league in the world — and he has scored 24 goals overall at 37-years-old. Come on, the guy is unbelievable.”

Incoming United supervisor Erik ten Hag says Ronaldo stays very a lot a part of his plans for subsequent season as he embarks on a mission to revive the membership to its former glory.