Sir Alex Ferguson ‘destroyed’ Cristiano Ronaldo after poor Chelsea performance

Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson once "destroyed" Cristiano Ronaldo in the Red Devils' dressing room.

Ronaldo had burst onto the scene as a tricky winger in the Premier League – but he had struggled to make an impact against bigger opposition. And after misfiring against Chelsea, Sir Alex made sure to let Ronaldo know he had to step his game up.

Patrice Evra told Betfair: "There have been many phases in his career. When he started he was like a Youtube player, lots of skill, that's what I felt when I arrived at United. But, I also felt that there was a hunger and personality to show to people that he could be the best.

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"I remember one time early on Ferguson destroyed him. I think we played Chelsea and he didn't have a good performance.

"Ferguson told him 'it's easy to score a hat trick against Bolton or Blackburn but what about the big games'? It was a tough hairdryer moment. Suddenly after that, I remember Cristiano started to score in the big games, then he became another player.

"Ferguson went further and told him that he's not a winger, that he's a striker and with his ability, he had to score two or three goals a game and he didn't care about the tricks and skill, he said 'forget that, you need to score goals'. That season Ronaldo scored 42 goals."

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Ronaldo transformed into an out-and-out goalscorer at Real Madrid, and he continued that form at Juventus and in his first season back at Old Trafford.

However, the 37-year-old has found game time hard to come by under Erik ten Hag – and he only had two goals to his name this season.


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