Cristiano Ronaldo proves a challenge for the Man Utd players.
Manchester United players including Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood are claimed to have found Cristiano Ronaldo presence at the club a ‘challenge’ to their expected roles.
Cristiano Ronaldo completed a sensational and unexpected return to Old Trafford at the end of the summer transfer window.
The Portuguese have scored 14 goals in 21 appearances, almost three times as many as United‘s next top scorers, but critics have still questioned whether the benefits the team.
Despite a bright start to interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s reign against Crystal Palace last month, the hot focus has been firmly on United amid a slow win over Norwich, a stalemate against Newcastle, and a home defeat to Wolves.
Reports of ‘very low morale surfaced following the Newcastle game, addressing concerns about cliques forming within a disjointed squad. Since losing to Wolves it has been further claimed that as many as 11 players are disillusioned with life at United and are seeking to leave.
The Daily Express writes that Maguire, Greenwood and Edison Cavani has found Ronaldo’s ‘undroppable presence’ to be a ‘challenge’ to their respective roles.
Ronaldo is a natural leader and a demanding voice, which may have infringed on Maguire’s position as club captain. Greenwood meanwhile looked set to have an extended run as a ‘number nine’ until Ronaldo arrived, while Cavani has also been directly competing with him for a place.
Under the new management of Ralf Rangnick’s, The German tries to fit both Cavani and Ronaldo in the starting lineup.
It is even suggested that some other players are frustrated about the level of influence Ronaldo holds over the club’s Portuguese-speaking contingent. That would appear to tie back into earlier concerns about cliques within the squad.
Now Manchester United looks forward to a FA Cup Tie against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Previously they were unsuccessful to defeat them (Aston Villa) in the Premier League.
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