Cristiano Ronaldo’s second season at Manchester United has been completely different from the first six years he spent at Old Trafford.
Poor results, problems in the locker rooms and controversy off the field have not helped the Portuguese striker, who has stalled to reach the peaks of previous years.
His tumultuous start to the season saw him score five goals in his first four games, and it looked like he would lead the Red Devils to end his five-year trophy-free period.
The Portuguese striker has scored several important goals for United this season, but the return of dreams is quickly turning into a nightmare, with interim coach Ralf Rangnick openly stating that United’s need for a striker over the summer is clear.
Asked after United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton if he was worried about Ronaldo’s form, Rangnick told BBC Sport: “He would have liked to have scored, I would have liked him to have scored, the whole team would like. He had good chances – one of the biggest chances in the game when he passed in front of the goalkeeper, but left.”
In total, Ronaldo had only two shots in the game, the second came from a corner and shot straight at goalkeeper Forster.
Ronaldo now finds himself in a series of six games without scoring, his longest period in 11 years.
While Ronaldo often failed to penetrate Southampton’s defense, raising his hands up with frustration at times, he is the club’s top scorer this season with 14 goals.
Six of them have come to Europe where he has led United to the knockout stage of the Champions League with important goals in the last minutes.