Paul Pogba has denied claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has been a ‘problem’ for the Manchester United dressing room this season. Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick to hand his side a 3-2 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday night.
He opened the scoring with a powerful shot into the top corner from long range before Harry Kane made it 1-1 with a penalty after a handball from Alex Telles inside the box.
Jadon Sancho beat the offside trap to set up a tap-in Ronaldo for 2-1 but Spurs hit back again with Harry Maguire’s goal.
Ronaldo was not to be denied though, powering an 81st-minute header from a corner to ensure United bounced back from their derby defeat and overtook Arsenal in fourth place.
The 37-year-old striker has now scored 18 goals this season but the season has been marred by regular reports of problems behind the scenes at the club.
There have been rumors of tensions between club captain Maguire and Ronaldo, while Ralf Rangnick has also reportedly found the Portuguese star difficult to deal with.
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“Everyone knows Cristiano – there’s no need to talk about him. That’s what he does. He didn’t play in the last game, but he comes back and scores three goals. Everyone is happy.
Pogba also made similar remarks in his interview with BBC Sport.
“It was a great game and a great reaction from us. We hurt them at the right time and Ronaldo did what he does best,” he added.
“He was never a problem. You have the best striker in history in our team, he can’t be a problem. Today the performance of him and the whole team was very brilliant.
“We reacted very well. We kept pushing. The team worked. We found the right play and we hurt them like that.”
Ronaldo missed the 4-1 loss to Manchester City last weekend with a hip flexor problem but came back to make a big impact against Spurs.
His efforts saw him rise to 807 career goals, while it was his 59th hat-trick.
“Very happy with my first hat-trick since returning to Old Trafford!” he wrote on social media shortly after the game.
“Nothing beats the feeling of being back on the pitch and helping the team with goals and effort. We have proven once again that we can beat any team on any given day, both that we work hard and that we are one.
“There are no limits for Man United! No matter what! Let’s go, Devils!