CRISTIANO RONALDO insists he ignores critics who say Manchester United are “perfect” one day, and “c**p” the next.
On Saturday evening, it was definitely a case of the former, as Ronaldo scored one and made another in a 3-0 win over Tottenham.
But it came off the back of last weekend’s humiliation at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool, after which the Portuguese icon told the club’s supporters they ‘deserve better’.
United were roundly panned in the wake of that 5-0 Old Trafford drubbing and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was believed to be on his last legs going into the clash with Spurs.
But Ronaldo, 36, said he has not let the fierce criticism affect him, during a “tough week”.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “We knew before the game that we had a tough week.
“We had results that we didn’t expect, the team was under pressure and a little bit sad, but we knew today that we would answer. We played good.
“My job is to help the team with my experience, goals, assists and I did today – feel so pleased for that.
“In terms of the team, it was an unbelievable performance. I hope this time we changed the page. It’s not only the coach that many people point out, it’s the players as well.
“I believe that something happened for a reason and we have to be happy this afternoon. It’s normal [criticism], the club is so big.
“The criticism is so big, it is always there. It doesn’t bother me, I know that one day we are perfect and another day we are c**p.
“Sometimes life is like that and we have to pass through the bad moments.”
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo showed his class in the win in North London as he chipped in with a goal and an assist.
The Real Madrid legend broke the deadlock in superb fashion after volleying beyond the outstretched arms of Hugo Lloris having been picked out by Bruno Fernandes.
He then turned provided after the break after expertly picking out Edinson Cavani, who duly dinked the ball over the French goalkeeper.
United’s win will somewhat ease the pressure on manager Solskjaer, who is clinging onto his job at Old Trafford after one win in his last five Premier League games.
United are up into fifth in the table following their victory in the capital – level on points with fourth-placed West Ham.
And they could go level with rivals Manchester City next week should they beat the Citizens at the Theatre of Dreams.