Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Named Best FIFA Men's Player After Stellar 2017 Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo struggled as Manchester United drew with Watford on Saturday. The striker could not contain disappointment as the Red Devils failed to secure victory.

This calendar year, the 37-year-old Portugal international has managed just one goal in all competitions. Ronaldo was seen as slow and loose during his fourth game in 12 days. As Ronaldo saw a shot on the hour mark rebound off Anthony Elanga, he put his hand on the post and looked at the floor in disbelief.

"That was not the only [chance]. In the first half we had five massive chances then in the second half we had another three or four. Today we had enough chances to win that game," Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick said at full-time after a 0-0 draw. "Sometimes we were unlucky, when we hit the post, but we also had a few opportunities one-on-one with the goalkeeper. This is not luck, it is a question of sharpness and efficiency in front of goal."

According to Rangnick, he had dropped Jadon Sancho, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw to the bench for this Premier League clash due to the number of games they have recently played.

The current situation with Edinson Cavani is making things harder, as the Uruguayan footballer decides when he is fit enough to play and he has not been available for selection for the last four league games. Whenever he is not available, Ronaldo is tasked with leading the line.

Bruno Fernandes, Elanga and Paul Pogba all had opportunities that went off track. Man Utd had 22 shots, but only three of those were on target and Rangnick has placed the blame on the players rather than the coaching staff.

Ronaldo frustratingly threw his arms up as the final whistle blew, and he headed down the tunnel. The five-time Ballon D'or winner returned to the club for a better result, hoping to be part of the top four. Despite the consistent struggle, Ronaldo is still considered a legend and an influential player. He is Man Utd's top scorer with 15 goals this season.

Meanwhile, French World Cup Winner Frank Leboeuf has advised the Portuguese superstar to consider retiring so that he could not leave his sport career on a low point. "Maybe it's time for Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of his career to wonder and have a discussion with himself, and maybe some of his family, to know what he has to do for the rest of his career, if there is a future in his career. I don't want to watch Ronaldo and have pity, because he's been on the top for so many years," the Frenchman told ESPN.

"I don't want him to be a normal player. He's been an exceptional player for so long. I'd prefer him to give up his career at the top instead of maybe trying and play for two or three more years and not being the player that he used to be."

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on February 26, 2022 in Manchester, England. Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

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