Graham Potter looking forward to facing "out of this world" Cristiano Ronaldo
Brighton boss Graham Potter is looking forward to pitting his wits against Cristiano Ronaldo, who he has described as out “of this world”, for the first time.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will face the Seagulls for the first time in his career in tonight’s clash at Old Trafford.
United’s legendary number seven comes into the game in the midst of his worst goalscoring drought since 2009.
Ronaldo, who is yet to score in 2022, spent five hours at Carrington on Sunday as he bids to overturn his loss of form.
Despite scoring over 800 career goals, the Portuguese international’s confidence and belief in front of goal looks to be at an all-time low.
But Potter believes that the 37-year-old’s individual woes are coming under the microscope due to the standards he has set and what he has achieved throughout his trophy-laden career.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Potter said: “You run out of superlatives in terms of what he has achieved in his career and the player that he is.
“Absolutely amazing career, world class, it’s out of this world class. Too often we zoom into individuals and forget that it’s a team game.
“Sometimes when the team isn’t scoring, the person at the front of the pitch gets the zooming in. We’ve had it ourselves with Neal [Maupay]. It’s not just about the individual, it’s about the team.
“From what I’ve seen, you still see the quality that he [Ronaldo] has and the quality he brings to the team.
“I’ve never played against him, but we’re looking forward to going here and pitting our wits against one of the best players of all-time.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to end his six-game goal drought against Potter’s side at the Theatre of Dreams tonight.
With Edinson Cavani ruled out of the game due to a groin injury, interim boss Ralf Rangnick is likely to hand the former Juventus man his 18th Premier league start of the season.
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