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Thierry Henry defends Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes but hits out at three Man United stars

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Thierry Henry comes to the defence of Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes as he points the finger at three other players for not pulling their weight this season

  • Manchester United have endured a frustrating first-half to the season
  • Thierry Henry has defended star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes
  • He feels other players should be contributing to United’s goal tally more   


Thierry Henry has come to the defence of Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes but has pointed the finger at three other members of Ralf Rangnick’s squad.

Manchester United have endured a challenging campaign, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked after a series of woeful displays with performances not looking much better under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Ronaldo and Fernandes have both faced criticism this season, with Gary Neville calling them out for ‘whinging’ after United’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle earlier this week. 

Thierry Henry has come to the defence of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes

Thierry Henry has come to the defence of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes

Both players have faced criticism after a challenging start to the season for the Red Devils

Both players have faced criticism after a challenging start to the season for the Red Devils

During Amazon Prime’s coverage of the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over Burnley, Henry defended both players but hit out at Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for their poor returns.

He said: ‘As always, it should be the team. I don’t think it’s right when a player at the end is singled out because he makes the team win the game.

‘I think it has to be a team effort and a lot of people, for me, are getting away with you know what and I won’t say because some might take it the wrong way but it’s a bit too much at times.

Both players have contributed to United's goal tally this season - with Ronaldo netting 14

Both players have contributed to United’s goal tally this season – with Ronaldo netting 14

‘It’s too easy to attack Ronaldo, it’s too easy to attack Bruno Fernandes – the guys that are delivering.  

‘When you see the numbers, Sancho, Martial and Rashford have less goals than Cornet for Burnley, a team that is not often on the ball. A team not really dominating games.’

It hasn’t been the easiest return for Ronaldo at United and the Portuguese star has been seen storming down the tunnel without acknowledging the fans in several games.

However, he has come to United’s rescue on numerous occasions this season and has scored 14 goals in 20 appearances.

Jadon Sancho (left) has scored twice this season - though was unlucky not to get a third at Burnley which went down as an own-goal

Jadon Sancho (left) has scored twice this season – though was unlucky not to get a third at Burnley which went down as an own-goal

Anthony Martial has scored just one goal this season and looks set to leave the club

Anthony Martial has scored just one goal this season and looks set to leave the club

Fernandes has had a downturn in his attacking output so far this season, scoring just five times in 23 games – comparing to 28 goals and 17 assists in all competitions last campaign. 

Jadon Sancho has scored just twice since his £73m arrival in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, but was unfortunate not to get a third when his shot deflected in off Ben Mee against Burnley on Thursday night.

Martial meanwhile is expected to leave Old Trafford having failed to impress Rangnick, with Rashford also struggling to make an impact after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off in October.

Marcus Rashford has scored three times but has struggled to find form after returning from injury

Marcus Rashford has scored three times but has struggled to find form after returning from injury

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