Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo tells squad to ‘sacrifice’ to become a top team

Cristiano Ronaldo calls on Manchester United to ‘sacrifice’ to become a top team after shaky recent form and insists the squad need time to ‘adapt’ after bringing Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford   

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a rallying cry to his Manchester United team-mates after a rough patch of form caused a hiccup in their season – urging them to ‘sacrifice’ and help the squad reach the next level. 

The Portuguese superstar was one of three high-profile arrivals at Old Trafford this summer alongside £73million winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and £42m defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and Ronaldo believes the club needs time to ‘adapt’ with their new-look side.

Ronaldo has been one of the top performing players of the team so far in this campaign – netting six times from eight games – but has been unable to inspire United in every game, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffering some poor results in recent times. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his team-mates to ‘sacrifice’ to become a top team this season

But despite showing his passion and disappointment during those defeats, the veteran forward has kept a positive outlook over United’s fortunes, saying ‘everything is possible’ for the rest of the season. 

‘We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy (Raphael) Varane and (Jadon) Sancho.

‘The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible. 

United have suffered some shaky form of late but Ronaldo said the team needed time to adapt

United have suffered some shaky form of late but Ronaldo said the team needed time to adapt

‘I don’t speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place. To win things as a collective, it’s more easy to win individual stuff, I still think it’s possible.

‘Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club… my role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience and know-how to understand the game.

‘If everyone is thinking like that, sacrifice for the team, I think we will be a better team. We have fantastic supporters behind us, fantastic stadium, fantastic team, so we have to carry on like that.’ 

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