'Ronaldo looked like a 36-year-old'

English Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo has come in for yet more criticism as Manchester United's struggles continue with him leading the line.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side suffered another setback in their Premier League title charge on Saturday, when Leicester City defeated them 4-2 in a match that was also Ronaldo's third league game in a row without scoring a goal.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Ronaldo in action against Leicester City  

The Portugal forward was visibly upset following the defeat, with the Daily Express reporting that the striker attempted to storm straight down the tunnel after the final whistle before his manager made him turn back to go and thank the club's fans who had made the trip to the King Power Stadium to support their team.

Following the match, the 36-year-old's performance was discussed on talkSPORT, when former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino made a surprising claim about the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. 

Natalie Sawyer, the presenter of the radio channel's Kick Off show, opened up the conversation with a question. 

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"Ronaldo's now not scored in three Premier League games. He's a luxury player that they didn't really need. Could this backfire on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?" Sawyer asked former Chelsea striker Cascarino. 

He replied with: "I get what you mean about Ronaldo. Did they necessarily need him? I think Ole felt from last season, 'we need someone who is going to have big moments for us, lift the stadium', and the euphoria around Ronaldo coming to the football club and have a little bit more of an edge. 

"I get why he's done that. Let's still remember, Ronaldo is still a top player. He did not have a particularly good game [on Saturday]. Look, he played 90 minutes on Tuesday [for Portugal] and he did, for the first time ever, look like a 36-year-old [against Leicester].  

"I don't say that too often. You know, people said a few weeks before he [Solskjaer] shouldn't have left him out [against Everton] and I thought that was a golden opportunity, but because of that criticism and Alex Ferguson saying 'Why didn’t you play your best team?', I actually felt he [Ronaldo] looked off the pace [against Leicester].

"Maybe with the travelling and playing the game at 36 years old... Like I said, it's only the first time I've seen him and gone: 'Wow, he looked off the pace today'." 

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