Manchester United need to have the same standards as Cristiano Ronaldo, says Owen Hargreaves

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes the club need to have the same standards as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old rescued the Red Devils once again after scoring his 60th career hat-trick in yesterday’s 3-2 win against Norwich City at Old Trafford.

United’s number seven had put Ralf Rangnick’s side 2-0 up, but the Premier League’s basement side fought back to restore parity at the Theatre of Dreams.

But with the discontent within the home faithful growing, it was the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who stepped up to ensure United capitalised on both Tottenham and Arsenal’s slip ups, with a rasping free-kick.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Ronaldo’s former teammate Hargreaves highlighted how the club should be using the Portuguese international’s standards as a benchmark.

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Hargreaves said: “People say Cristiano Ronaldo is the problem for Man United. How can he be the problem?

“He’s the only reason they are anywhere near the top four. He gets the job done and he’s huge in big moments.

“Who would have thought Man United would win two games in two months, and they both be through hat-tricks from Cristiano Ronaldo. The man produces the goods, that’s a fact.

“The thing is, he has standards that he sets not only for himself but for the team he plays [for]. The problem is they need to get everybody to have the same standards that Cristiano Ronaldo has.

“Sixty career hat-tricks is just, it’s fantasy football numbers, PlayStation numbers.”

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Ronaldo made it back-to-back Premier League hat-tricks at Old Trafford with his treble against the Canaries following his trio of strikes against Tottenham last month.

The former Juventus man moved onto 15 Premier League goals for the season, only Heung-Min Son (17) and Mohamed Salah (20) have scored more.

But with 21 goals across all competitions, Ronaldo is still the only Manchester United player to have scored double figures this season as we enter the second half of April, which is the penultimate month of the season.

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