'We need to equal Cristiano Ronaldo's standards'


Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has made a bold statement about the impact Cristiano Ronaldo has had on the club's dressing room. 

The 36-year-old sealed a stunning return to the Red Devils with a deadline-day move from Juventus in the most recent transfer window. 

Now in the latter stages of his career, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing down, having scored five goals in six games since returning to Old Trafford. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Ronaldo celebrating his five goals so far in the 2021/22 campaign

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side has struggled of late, winning only three of their past six matches with Ronaldo on the pitch.  

In a recent interview, England international Shaw reflected on his new teammate's impact on the dressing room, and admitted that the team needs to match the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's application to the game. 

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"He's definitely raised the levels," Shaw told talkSPORT.  

"I think there's no question why he's been one of the best players in the world over the last 10 years. The way he conducts himself, the standards he sets, and his mentality is one of the best I've ever witnessed. 

"It's only good for us as teammates to be surrounded by someone like that, who will only raise the bar. We need to follow that. Everywhere he goes, he wins, and that's why – because the standards he sets are so high. 

"We need equal those standards and push in the right direction with him and as a team. 

"I haven't had to mark him yet. But he's very sharp, always in the right position to score the goals, and his movement is one of the best I've ever seen.

"It's no surprise he's scoring goals and he has been for many years because he's always in the right place at the right time. That's a sign of a world-class player." 

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