Cristiano Ronaldo admits Manchester United need time to hit their stride after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spending spree.
Solskjaer’s side has no margin for error when they host bitter rivals Liverpool, who are already four points ahead of them in the Premier League.
United have gone three Premier League matches without a win, a run that included losses to Leicester and Aston Villa. They are now five points off leaders Chelsea and face a daunting clash on Sunday with in-form, undefeated Liverpool, who could stretch their advantage over United to seven points if they win.
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It is the kind of high-stakes encounter that United brought Ronaldo back to Manchester for.
Ronaldo returned for a second spell with United after leaving Juventus in a blockbuster transfer in August.
The 36-year-old striker wasn’t the only high-profile signing made by United boss Solskjaer in the close season.
France World Cup winner Raphael Varane arrived from Real Madrid to bolster the centre of United’s defence, while England forward Jadon Sancho was lured from Borussia Dortmund.
United have yet to string together a consistent run despite their influx of top-class talent.
Portugal star Ronaldo believes it is a matter of allowing the team time to gel.
“We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester do a few changes. They buy me, they buy Varane and Sancho,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.
“The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.
“Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club, my role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience and know how to understand the game.
“If everyone is thinking like that, sacrifice for the team, I think we will be a better team.”
Solskjaer has concerns over the fitness of Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Marcus Rashford as United bid to reboot their title campaign.
Solskjaer says a loss to Liverpool would present a huge challenge to redress the seven points difference even though it is early in the campaign.
“To be seven points behind is going to be a big distance,” said Solskjaer. “One point between is close, but we are so early in the season and every point matters just as much.
“We saw last season that every team goes through a bad spell.
“You can’t talk about title contenders now, but we are chasing Liverpool and we know we have to improve and get up to their level of the last four years.”
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