Manchester United should be battling for the Premier League crown, and Cristiano Ronaldo believes that anything less than a third-place finish this season would be a failure.
The United icon was upbeat ahead of this weekend’s visit to Aston Villa, telling Sky Sports that he did not leave Juventus to compete for fourth place.
‘Manchester United should win the league or be second or third,’ he told the broadcaster.
‘I don’t see other positions for Manchester United to be honest, I don’t see. In my eyes, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than to be in the top three in the Premier League.’
Ronaldo would have hoped to fight for the title when he returned to Old Trafford last summer, but United are now 22 points behind Manchester City in seventh place halfway through the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid the price after a poor run of five defeats in seven games earlier in the season, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick taking over last month.