Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to Manchester United’s 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Liverpool on Sunday.
United were 2-0 behind after 13 minutes and 4-0 down at halftime, with to goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota, with Mohamed Salah hitting a brace before the break to extend his scoring streak to ten games in all competitions.
Salah scored his third goal barely five minutes into the second half, making him the first away player to score a hat-trick at United since 2003.
Ronaldo believed he’d scored a late consolation goal for United, but his goal was disallowed for offside, and half-time replacement Paul Pogba was sent off 15 minutes after coming in after a VAR review of a dangerous tackle on Naby Keita.
United is now eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after just nine games, having lost three of their past four games in the top league.
Ronaldo, who returned to United from Juventus in the summer, has spoken out about the team’s troubles in the aftermath of their huge loss to Liverpool.
As United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes under fire, the Portuguese striker believes he and his teammates must take responsibility for the team’s poor performance.
Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want. And this is on us, only on us, because there’s no one else to blame.
“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!”