Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly labelled his return to Manchester United a ‘disaster’ and also claims his teammates lack the dedication to improve their fitness.
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021, netting 27 goals in 51 appearances since. However, his time back in Manchester has been far from rosy.
The Portuguese legend tried to force an exit in the summer but found no suitors. He was then dropped by new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag and angered the Dutchman further by walking down the tunnel before half-time of the recent win over Tottenham.
And according to a new book, ‘Messi vs Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATs, and the Era That Remade the World’s Game’ (via The Sun), Ronaldo told an executive at a FIFA event that his return was a ‘disaster’.
The striker was clearly unhappy during Ralf Rangnick’s tenure after the German replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his sacking last November.
And the report also claims Ronaldo took issue with the commitment of his United teammates. It’s claimed he believes they lack dedication to stay in shape, while United have also failed to ‘evolve as a club’ since he left for Real Madrid 13 years ago.
Indeed, the 37-year-old feels the club should have invested more in their Carrington training complex.
Ronaldo was back in the starting line-up for Thursday night’s win over Sheriff Tiraspol, scoring the only goal of the game.
And he kept his place in the side for Sunday’s clash with West Ham after Antony was ruled out through injury.
Ronaldo still brings chances and goals
Speaking ahead of the game on Friday, Ten Hag admitted that Ronaldo still brings plenty to the side when he does get the opportunity to start games.
Ten Hag said: “I think when you collect all the chances he creates, the team creates for him in the last weeks, you see he’s still capable to get in the right positions and he’s still capable of finishing them.
“It is possible, I think, yeah [for him to start more].
“I know some see it like this but I don’t have a Europe team and I don’t have a Premier League team.
“I look at the opponent and what we need, what suits the opponent. Now I have to focus on West Ham United for Sunday.
“We will pick the team to start but also have a plan B or plan C in the pocket to win that game.
“That’s what we need finally, to win games, and for that we not only need 11 players, we need the whole squad.”
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