Ronaldo is in top form with a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Tottenham, and Hugo Lloris admits Spurs have given the 37-year-old too much “freedom”.
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Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four were dashed by Ronaldo’s hat-trick, despite Antonio Conte’s side falling twice to level the gap at Old Trafford.
Spurs goalkeeper and captain Lloris said: “We know at this level it’s all about the details. Ronaldo also helped a lot for United to get the results they wanted.
“Ronaldo was at his best, very aggressive in the box. It’s very difficult to control him, but when you concede a goal, you need to look for that.
“The second goal came from a cross and we could have defended a little better. For the first target, when you give him some space, he can do what he did.
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“It was painful, because we felt we deserved more. But in football you always get what you deserve and now we need to focus on next week.”
Ronaldo cut a definite figure on Saturday following recent speculation about his long-term future at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese legend missed the 4-1 Manchester derby against Man City last weekend due to a hip problem, but returned to his best form against Spurs at home.
Roy Keane believes Ronaldo looked “angry” and channeled his emotions into a performance that kept United’s hopes of a top-four finish alive.
“That’s where United are at – the quality of both teams isn’t great – but it’s very exciting and Ronaldo has stepped up to success,” former United captain Keane told Sky Sports.
“Today he looked angry, very aggressive, obviously he was upset about something, but today he showed what we have seen over the years.
“He’s brilliant, he’s a genius, three great goals, five touches in total, he brings so much to this team.
“Why do people think he can’t play weekly or appreciate [him]. We saw it today. ”
While Ronaldo is at the top of United’s scoring charts this term, another former club captain, Gary Neville, says the Red Devils still face a big decision over the veteran’s future. this summer.
Mirror Football reported in February that United will not stop Ronaldo from leaving should he be forced to leave at the end of the season, despite his contract running until the summer of 2023, when his contract expires.
“It was not their gift, Ronaldo made that decision, he has one year left on his contract, that is whether he wants to be here or not.
“Whether it’s a ‘project’ that some players like to say he believes in and is enjoying.
“He’s great and wants his career to be interesting, he’s demanding, he’s demanding, he wants to win every game. Obviously there are elements he can’t do, I contributed to that in this studio.
“If Man United wants to be a highly attacking team, he may not be your guy but it’s his decision whether he stays at Manchester United, not the other way around. “
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