Graham Potter praises “quality” Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Manchester United clash

Cristiano Ronaldo is on a bit of a poor run of form… if you want to understate it.

He’s not scored for 6 straight games for Manchester United – it’s safe to say he’s hit a bit of a rut in his scoring form under Ralf Rangnick.

When Brighton boss Graham Potter was asked how he feels with regards to Ronaldo’s poor form, he had only words of praise.

In his recent press conference ahead of Tuesday’s clash, he said:

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. Out-of-this-world class. There’s nothing else to say over that. Too often we zoom into individuals and forget that it’s a team game.

Ronaldo is not the only one who has issues scoring recently. Across the last 18 or so months, the entire Brighton side have regularly been underperforming their xG; to the point where it’s becoming a running meme online that they often fail to take their chances.

Potter is aware of this, and likened Cristiano Ronaldo’s current situation to a striker of their own.

Sometimes when the team isn’t scoring the person at the front of the pitch gets the zooming in and we’ve had it ourselves with Neal [Maupay] for example.

However, Potter knows how much of a threat Cristiano Ronaldo still is. Being a man with over 800 career goals, it’s hard to dismiss him, regardless of his form.

From what I’ve seen, you still see the quality he has and the quality he brings to the group and the team. I have never played against him, we’re looking forward to going there and pitting our wits against one of the best players of all-time.

Want to know the latest team news and predicted XI for tonight’s fixture? Read our Manchester United vs Brighton Match Preview here.

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