Man Utd: Joe Cole explains that Bruno Fernandes is fighting and paying tribute to Ronaldo

Joe Cole has discussed Bruno Fernandes' fall in shape

Joe Cole discusses Bruno Fernandes’ fall in shape (Photos: YouTube / Getty)

Joe Cole believes that Bruno Fernandes is struggling to deal with the ‘pressure’ at Manchester United, however, has paid tribute to ‘incredible’ Cristiano Ronaldo as he continues to save the Red Devils.

Fernandes, who signed a contract extension earlier this month, has endured an overwhelming season at Old Trafford, scoring nine goals in 43 appearances, with his last goal coming more than two months ago.

The Portuguese playmaker thrived in his first 18 months in the Premier League, scoring 26 goals and making 19 assists in 51 matches, but has scored an increasingly frustrated figure during this period.

Fernandes’ loss of form has coincided with a difficult period for Manchester United, who have flattered about cheating this season and appear to be finishing outside the Champions League places.

“Bruno is what I like to call a high-tariff player,” former English star Cole told Coral. ‘He takes risks with the ball, he likes to be the player, everything goes through and he is a fantastic football player with great technical ability.

‘But I think he has struggled with the pressure on his shoulders. The team just is not working this season. And I feel like Bruno works much better when things flow through him.

‘Right now you obviously have Ronaldo and he’s going to be the focal point. Bruno is a rhythm player and needs things to go through him and he will take chances. And when that does not work, I feel that he is struggling.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 Premier League goals this season

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 Premier League goals this season (Photo: Getty)

‘It highlights the other side of his game, he’s not a great pusher, he’s not physically good. He’s like a quarterback, he has to dictate the play. ‘

While Fernandes goes through a rut, his compatriot Ronaldo continues to contribute to the struggling Manchester United and has scored 23 goals since returning to Old Trafford last summer.

Cole added: ‘Ronaldo will score goals. If you put him in front of goal in ten years, he will still put it away. He’s just an incredible player who is without a doubt one of the greatest ever.

“There is no connection at all in this Manchester United team, so the fact that he still manages to score goals is an honor for him.

“I could imagine Manchester United not winning a trophy is not good enough for him, because no matter how many goals he has scored, he is such a winner.”

Ronaldo’s 17th Premier League goal of the season provided United with a point against Chelsea on Thursday night. Ralf Rangnick’s team meets Brentford on Monday in their last home game of the campaign.

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