Former Manchester United star, Mikael Silvestre has dismissed claims that footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo's presence at the club has become a "problem" among his fellow team-mates and youngsters.
United gave their fans the best news possible last summer when they announced that Ronaldo would return to Old Trafford after a gap of 12 years and the 36-year-old has been brilliant so far, scoring 13 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions.
Despite his performances the Red Devils have struggled at times this season, which has led many to suggest that the striker is not suited to the style of play favoured by interim manager, Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick wants his team to press high and work hard out of possession, something that Ronaldo simply isn't comfortable doing in the latter years of his storied career. However, Silvestre who played alongside the Portugese icon for five years between 2003 to 2008 believes that Ronaldo would be no problem to the new boss, and would instead take on a leadership role within the group.
"This comment about him being a problem is absolute rubbish. Look at the ratio of goals scored; chances created since the start of the season. He wants to help, wants to win trophies. He didn’t come to United to relax pre-retirement, it’s an even a bigger challenge than what he faced at his previous clubs," he told Daily Star Sport via Freebets.com.
"He left United after winning the Ballon D’or, winning the Premier League and being a top player. He knew there would be questions asked of him and what he can bring but he’s a leader. He doesn’t wear the armband, but he shows the way, and everything has been positive in what he’s done."
Ronaldo has rightly cemented his place as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport and how he performs for the remainder of the season will play a big role where United will finish come the end of the campaign.