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'Man United wasting Ronaldo, just like they did with Falcao' - Rio Ferdinand

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in brilliant form for Man United since returning in the summer
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in brilliant form for Man United since returning in the summer / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand fears that the current club management are wasting footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo and are not using his talents - just like they did with former striker, Radamel Falcao.

Ronaldo has been brilliant in front of goal since returning to Old Trafford, scoring 14 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions so far, but he has looked a frustrating figure in the middle, especially following United's poor performances in the recent past.

Many also believe that he remains ill-suited to new interim manager, Ralf Rangnick's style of play, but Ferdinand believes that the club are not making the most of Ronaldo's talent when they have the ball, comparing his struggles in attack to those of Falcao during his unsuccessful stint at the club. 

"It's all going off. I can't even sit here properly. Having to sit here and defend this team is killing me. My biggest gripe is that if you've got (Edinson) Cavani and Ronaldo in your team — two of probably the best attackers of the ball from wide areas — and you don't play with any real width or any people that are capable of putting the ball in good areas — then it almost feels like a pointless task," he said on his FIVE podcast.

"You've got to play to their strengths. It's like when we played Falcao years ago. You bring in someone great at attacking balls, but then never cross the ball. How can you expect them to produce the goods? Cristiano Ronaldo can do things from other areas, so can Cavani.

"But if two of their big strengths are from when they cross the ball, get the ball in the box. Play with a bit more width, maybe. If he plays this 4-2-2-2, it's about full-backs providing the width then," the former United defender added.

Ferdinand's comments came on the back of United losing 1-0 to Wolves, with the Red Devils currently placed seventh in the Premier League table, with 31 points from 19 games - four behind Arsenal in the race for the Champions League spots.