Thierry Henry has named only four Manchester United players he believes can hold his head high despite the club’s disappointing season.
The Red Devils were expected to challenge for the Premier League title in the summer after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane.
But just a few months later, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked and United are effectively out of the title race, well away from rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Under Ralph Rangnick, the Old Trafford giants are once again trying to rediscover their identity.
But in the midst of a difficult campaign, Arsenal legend Henry has claimed that only Ronaldo, David de Gea, Fred and Bruno Fernandes have done their bit in trying to bring back the glory days at United.
Before Thursday’s game against Burnley, Henry told Amazon Prime: “I think, Bruno Fernandes can [take credit],
“Fred, to me, has finally reached the level that people were expecting him to reach in recent matches.
“But I have to stick with De Gea” [as my pick for United’s best player this season],
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“I know people are talking a lot about Ronaldo and scoring goals at the end of the game to win the game.
“But De Gea put him in the positions which are the conditions for Ronaldo to be able to win him the game in the end.”
Ronaldo, however – along with Fernandes – came in for sharp criticism from United legend Gary Neville after he hit the pitch after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.
But Henry jumped to the defense of the Portuguese pair, saying: “As always, this team should be…
“I don’t think it’s right when a player is singled out at the end because that team wins the game.
“I think it should be a team effort and for me a lot of people, getting away with you, know what, and I would say no because some may take it the wrong way, but it’s a little bit at times. happens more.
“It’s too easy to attack Ronaldo, it’s too easy to attack Bruno Fernandes – the guys who are delivering.
“When you see the numbers, [Jadon] mold, [Anthony] marshal and [Marcus] Ashford has fewer goals [Maxwel] Cornett for Burnley, a team that’s not on the ball often and doesn’t really dominate the game.”
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