Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hit back at critics who question the impact Cristiano Ronaldo will have on the Red Devils this season.
A number of fans and pundits believe Cristiano Ronaldo will be unable to have the same impact on Manchester United as he had during his first spell with the club.
His former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand has been left flabbergasted by the criticism the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has received in recent weeks. Ferdinand reminded critics that Cristiano Ronaldo finished ahead of Chelsea new-boy Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A goal-scoring charts last season.
"I keep saying it. He outscored Lukaku last season in Serie A, who everyone is saying is a new man, he's this. And listen, Lukaku is the guy but you cant then say you're worried about Cristiano Ronaldo because he's 36," Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five Youtube channel.'He's not any old 36-year-old. Get that out of your mind, he's different. He's separate. He's different from any other 36-year-old there's been and probably ever will be in the game because physically and mentally he's on a different stratosphere to everyone else," added Ferdinand.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal for Manchester United in just his second game for the club this season in the Red Devils' opening Champions League game of the season.