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Graham Potter insists ‘world-class’ Cristiano Ronaldo is never out of form

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The Brighton manager looks forward to leading his team against Ronaldo and co on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not scored or provided an assist since December 30, attracting widespread criticism for his recent form. 

The 37-year-old has not been able to help his side win any of their last three games, with all those matches ending in 1-1 draws. The Portuguese superstar missed a penalty against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, in a match where the underdogs eventually knocked United out of the competition.

However, Brighton manager Graham Potter dismisses suggestions that Ronaldo is out of form.

Speaking ahead of his side’s upcoming game against the Red Devils, Potter said (via Independent): 

 “You run out of superlatives in terms of what he’s achieved in his career and the player that he is,

“He’s had an absolutely amazing career, world-class, it’s out-of-this-world class. There’s nothing else to say with that.

He added: “Too often we zoom into individuals and forget it’s a team game. Sometimes when the team isn’t scoring, the person at the front of the pitch gets the zooming in.

“From what I’ve seen, you still see the quality he has and the quality he brings to the group and the team.

“I’ve never played against him, we’re looking forward to going there and pitting our wits against one of the best players of all time.”

United manager Ralf Rangnick has admitted his side are dealing with confidence issues after their recent results. Ronaldo and his attacking partners have scored only 17 of their xG (expected goals) of 23 since Rangnick’s appointment. 

Following their match against Brighton, United will face Leeds United in their next league game on Sunday.