Luis Figo baffled by Cristiano Ronaldo criticism as he insists Portugal star is Man Utd’s ‘best’ player
LUIS FIGO cannot understand the criticism directed at Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United's poor form this season.
The Portugal legend has slammed any suggestions that Ronaldo, 36, is to blame for Man Utd's downfall.
Figo spoke to Portuguese news outlet A Bola: 'It does not make sense. He is the best.
"Football lives on results and the team is not achieving the expected results.
"But he's being one of the best in the team in terms of performance, so I don't understand these criticisms."
Ronaldo has already notched TEN goals for the Red Devils in just 14 games in all competitions.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored some key goals at key times for United this season.
His tally has been bolstered by numerous winning goals in Champions League clashes.
However, the club have seen a dramatic drop in form in the Premier League - not winning in their last SEVEN games.
And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the chop after a 4-1 defeat at Watford.
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Despite Figo's outrage - there has been criticism of Ronaldo's lack of effort when the team are without the ball.
This is particular concerning as the players will be asked to adapt to the new style of play that Ralf Rangnick brings.
Rangnick is famous for helping to develop the Gegenpressing tactic. Nicknamed 'The Professor', he is one of the pioneers behind the high press.
There will be no doubt that the Portuguese captain's professionalism will shine through and that Rangnick will try find a way to get the best out of him.
The ripped superstar also oozes class off the pitch and brings a wealth of experience - both Figo and Ronaldo have captained the Portugal national side.