Former Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo is pained that his beloved club is not a dominating force in English football like it used to be when he was there playing under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Real Madrid star admitted that it is “hard to see” the Red Devils loose the edge they had under the Scot who retired in 2013, and that has left the club without a trophy despite two managers – David Moyes and current boss Louis van Gaal.
The three-time World Footballer of the Year winner, lifted three Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and an FA Cup during his six-year spell at Old Trafford before joining Madrid for a then-world record £80m fee in 2009.
“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.”
Manchester United are currently fourth on the Premier League log with 21 points, four behind of leaders Manchester City.