The former Red Devil admits that he knows why Manchester United is not at their best.
Cristiano believes United have found it difficult to cope with the loss of Ferguson along with the famous Class of ’92.
“It’s different. I don’t say that it’s better or worse but it changed a lot,” Ronaldo said.
“Manchester, it changed. Many great players retired. For example: [Rio] Ferdinand, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, etc.”
“I move to Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson’s gone… the structured changed, in my opinion. This is why Manchester is not the same Manchester of six years ago. This is a fact, it’s true.”
“For me it’s hard to see that because it’s a club I love and of course I want to see Manchester United in a level that it was in the past.”
“I like to see the club that I like in the top – and I think Manchester, this season, is better but I think they still have work to do to be in [the] level of six, seven years ago.”
Indeed, although sitting comfortably on fourth place and only four points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, Manchester United still appears to be struggling to make headway.