Cristiano Ronaldo comments on Manchester United’s current state

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is a former Manchester United player.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has told BBC Sport that he is sad to see his former club Manchester United not at the level that they used to be.

Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in United history and played for the Red Devils for six years from 2003 to 2009.

"For me it's hard to see that because it's a club that I love,” the Portugal international told BBC Sport. “Of course I want to see Manchester United at the level that it was in the past.

“Like, for example, Sporting Lisbon was my first professional club. I like to see the clubs that I like at the top and I think Manchester this season is better, but I think they still have work to do to be at the level of six, seven years ago."

United remain one of the biggest clubs in the world and are genuine challengers for the Premier League title this season.

However, there is something missing.

Under manager Louis van Gaal, United’s football has not been great to watch, and that needs addressing.

While the Dutchman did manage to take the Red Devils back into the Champions League, this season his challenge is to win the league title.

United are not one of the favourites to win the Champions League, but their fans will expect them to at least progress to the quarter-finals.

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