‘I will still shut my mouth and win things’: Cristiano Ronaldo fights back critics accusing him of not doing his best as Manchester United star prepares for Liverpool clash
- Manchester United have three Premier League games without a win
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticized for not putting more pressure on rivals
- The Portuguese star is eager to ‘shut his mouth’ to whoever interrogates him
Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to silence critics of his performances since returning to Manchester United.
The Portuguese superstar said he would “shut his mouth” on anyone who questions his displays ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
He also claimed that accusations that he was not doing his best defensively for the team came only from those “who don’t like me.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has promised to silence those who criticize him lately
“I know when the team needs my help defensively,” said the forward. But my role at the club is to win, to help the team win and to score goals. [the defensive side] is part of my job.
‘People who don’t want to see that are because they don’t like me, but to be honest I’m 36 years old, I win everything, so am I going to be worried about people saying bad things about me?
I sleep well at night. I go to bed with a good conscience. Keep it up because I’ll still shut my mouth and win things. ‘
Ronaldo has come under fire for putting pressure on his opponents less than any other Premier League striker
United have gone three Premier League games without a win, losing twice, and Ronaldo has come under fire for putting pressure on opponents less often than any of his Premier League forwards this season.
United’s poor form has put pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heading into Sunday’s game.
But Ronaldo insisted that personal criticism had not dampened his enthusiasm for the club he rejoined.
“Criticism is part of the business,” he said. ‘I’m not worried about it. And I see it as a good thing, to be honest. If they care about me or talk about me, it is because they still know my potential and value in football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have failed to win any of their last three Premier League matches
Despite United’s difficulties, Ronaldo has scored some important goals since his return
‘So it’s good. I am going to give you an example: if you are in a school and you are the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they will tell you that he does not like it.
“I think the main word is that I am still happy and I enjoy football. It doesn’t matter how many things I have won in my career. I win everything but I’m still motivated.
“ I am in a new chapter of my life, even at my age, and that is why I am here: to try to win, and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win great things, so I am here to help.
In a Sky Sports interview, Ronaldo revealed that he had given his new teammates a motivational talk before the season rather than performing a song in front of them, the traditional rite of passage for a new signing.
“I said what I felt at the time: that I’m here to win things,” Ronaldo said.