Shearer: Ronaldo is my tip for Player of the Season

Shearer said: “Alex Ferguson has placed a lot of trust in Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and they get better with every game.

“Ronaldo is my tip for Player of the Season. He deserves so much credit for the way he’s come back from the controversy at the World Cup and stood up to his critics – not only stood up to them but won many of them over.

“He can go down a bit too easily at times but, hey, what a talent.

“Ronaldo used to get criticised for not making the right decision with the final ball – but he does it right now.

“I also don’t see those showboating tricks any more. He is impossible to mark. The only player who got close to him was Ashley Cole when Chelsea drew at Old Trafford.”