Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes defended as Thierry Henry rips three Man Utd stars
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Thierry Henry has defended Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes amid criticism of their performances this season, with the Arsenal legend instead taking aim at three other Manchester United stars. The Red Devils have endured a challenging campaign, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked and performances failing to improve under interim replacement Ralf Rangnick.
A Ronaldo penalty ensured that United scraped past relegation-threatened Norwich City three weeks ago, with the goal being his 13th strike in all competitions this term.
But they hit another low point on Monday as they were lucky to escape Newcastle with a draw, having been underwhelming against the Magpies.
Eddie Howe’s side were unlucky to not claim all three points at St James’ Park, with United struggling to adapt to Rangnick’s methods.
The signing of Ronaldo had been heralded when he arrived on transfer deadline day in the summer, but the superstar has faced intense criticism over his displays.
Despite being United’s leading goalscorer, some have questioned how much he brings to the team performance as a whole.
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Fernandes meanwhile has suffered a severe downturn in his attacking output since Ronaldo’s arrival in the summer.
The attacking midfielder had starred for United last season, scoring 28 goals and notching 17 assists in all competitions.
But this term, the 27-year-old has found it difficult to replicate that form, scoring just five times in 23 matches.
That has led to criticism from some that the duo are not pulling their weight, with United having become embroiled in a four-way battle to finish in the Champions League qualification places.
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Henry disagrees with those assessments though, insisting that Ronaldo and Fernandes do not deserve to be singled out for criticism.
Instead, the Frenchman has pointed the finger at Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for their poor returns.
“As always, it should be the team. I don’t think it’s right when a player at the end is singled out because he makes the team win the game, Henry told Amazon Prime.
“I think it has to be a team effort and a lot of people, for me, are getting away with you know what and I won’t say because some might take it the wrong way but it’s a bit too much at times.
“It’s too easy to attack Ronaldo, it’s too easy to attack Bruno Fernandes – the guys that are delivering.
“When you see the numbers, Sancho, Martial and Rashford have less goals than Cornet for Burnley, a team that is not often on the ball. A team not really dominating games.”
Sancho arrived for £73million in the summer, but has scored just twice in all competitions having struggled to adapt to life in England.
Martial meanwhile is set to leave Old Trafford having failed to impress Rangnick, with Rashford also struggling to make an impact after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off in October.
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