Cristiano Ronaldo has promised ‘amazing Manchester United fans’ that the players will start to deliver for them.
After getting back to winning ways in the Champions League – against Atalanta – anticipation and excitement was at fever pitch ahead of the mouth-watering Premier League showdown with bitter rivals Liverpool.
However, what transpired was nothing short of a humiliation for those with Old Trafford connections.
Mohamed Salah took centre stage with a devastating hat-trick after earlier goals from Liverpool teammates Naby Keita and Diogo Jota, as France international Paul Pogba also saw red when the game was well and truly up from a United perspective.
It’s a result and performance which has raised question marks over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his future.
However, while addressing the Liverpool demolition, Ronaldo has moved to explain that the players are taking sole responsibility for the events that unfolded at Old Trafford.
Addressing his 359million Instagram followers, Ronaldo posted: “Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want.
“This is on us, only on us, because there’s no-one else to blame.
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“Our fans were, once again, amazing in their constant support. They deserve better than this, much better, and it’s up to us to deliver. The time is now!”
Having returned to United during the summer transfer window, Ronaldo has scored six goals in nine outings across the competitions – including a late winner against Atalanta.
The 36-year-old was made to play second fiddle to Salah this afternoon, though, as the Egypt superstar netted his 12th, 13th and 14th goals of the campaign.
And that was more than enough to consign United to a catastrophic defeat.