A cross-section of Manchester United’s supporters have admitted that parting ways with Cristiano Ronaldo was a severe misstep for the club, Newspremises reports.
The Red Devils have grappled with goal-scoring issues this season, their attacking prowess falling short in comparison to rival clubs.
Several factors have contributed to this struggle, including persistent injuries and the limited adaptation of lead striker Rasmus Hojlund to the Premier League.
Man United’s blunt attack in numbers
Under Erik ten Hag’s guidance, United has netted only 21 goals in 19 EPL games. This tally places them ahead of only Sheffield United and Burnley, matching Luton Town.
Currently, Bruno Fernandes leads the club’s league goal chart with just three goals, highlighting the team’s offensive challenges.
Notably, Hojlund broke his goal drought against Aston Villa on Boxing Day only after 15 matches, per the BBC, indicating the overall underwhelming performance of United’s attack.
Below is the total goal involvement in as many Premier League games played:
Given the data, it’s understandable why fans are reminiscing about Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s currently making waves in the Saudi Pro League, consistently setting new records each week.
In his recent match, the 38-year-old netted two goals, propelling Al-Nassr to a dominant win against Al-Ittihad, highlighting the potential mistake in letting go of the Portuguese star.
He now has 19 goals from 17 games, leading the top scorer’s chart in the SPL and is the outright top scorer in the calendar year with an astounding 53 strikes, as cited by MARCA.
Ronaldo’s second spell with United
Ronaldo’s return to United in the 2021-22 season started on a high note, ending as the club’s top scorer with 18 goals in 30 games across all competitions.
However, his second stint faltered due to a lack of pre-season involvement following a personal tragedy, leading to a dip in form.
The situation turned sour after an interview with Piers Morgan, where he made some critical remarks about the club, resulting in a fallout.
Fans claim Ronaldo’s departure was a ‘mistake’
Over a year since his departure, fans seem to yearn for their former icon as the club grapples with a sluggish start to the 2023-24 campaign.