Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal on Man Utd return in pictures
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s rage at Manchester United appears to be boiling over after new details came to light on Thursday. The Portugal international has struck nine times for the Red Devils this term following his arrival from Juventus. But all doesn’t appear good behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
United re-signed Ronaldo on deadline day, bringing the veteran home from Juventus after 12 years away.
And he’s certainly lived up to expectations so far, scoring nine goals across all competitions to keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a job.
Unfortunately, however, Ronaldo’s unhappiness at United appears to be growing.
He was furious at being dropped in the 1-1 draw with Everton in October, where he was benched for Edinson Cavani.
Though Solskjaer downplayed the incident, it’s telling he’s not demoted the 36-year-old in the time since. Clearly, a message was received behind the scenes.
Then, Ronaldo was angry in the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
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He had every right to be. The Red Devils were abysmal that day, toiling as Mohamed Salah exploited their leaky backline time and time again.
Ronaldo appeared to mock Solskjaer’s tactics during the defeat at Old Trafford and, as his temper rose, he was fortunate to avoid a red card for a tackle on Curtis Jones.
But, now, more alarming details have leaked.
The Independent have claimed Ronaldo is furious, in no uncertain terms. The language once source used had an expletive in, such is the 36-year-old’s unhappiness.
It’s stated that he’s been talking to team-mates from his first spell at United, complaining about how things have changed.
And that tallies with claims he’s been left shocked and stunned by the dip in standards in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson walked away.
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Now, with Ronaldo unhappy, it’ll be interesting to see how the Glazers react to this latest development.
They’ve so far held fire when it comes to sacking Solskjaer, with the Americans determined to give him time to turn things around.
But if Ronaldo is unhappy, that simply won’t do.
And with links to Brendan Rodgers intensifying, and interest in Luis Enrique and Erik ten Hag known, it’ll be curious to see what they do next.
Ronaldo has been the one shining light of United’s season so far.
And, if things continue to get worse, it’s possible the Portugal international will walk away for a second time.
Especially if they have no Champions League football to offer.
Ronaldo was also livid during the international break as Portugal missed out on automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup.
Yet whether he can use the pain to scale new heights is something ultimately only time will tell.
Meanwhile, ahead of United’s clash with Watford, Solskjaer has been defended by former team-mate Andy Cole.
“The flak that Ole gets disappoints me,” he said.
“I don’t think any manager should take that kind of flak; whether it’s United or non-league.
“I think they are trying to work to the best of their ability. He’s trying like everybody else who tried previously.
“Whether he is my ex-team-mate or not, even if it was someone I didn’t know, I wouldn’t like people to talk about them like that.
“But I don’t like it because when I played with him I got on very well with him. To see him in this position now doesn’t sit well with me.
“We all want Manchester United to be back where they were, but that takes time.
“We can talk about ‘how much longer?’ But the previous managers have found themselves in the same position. The stick that Ole takes is, at times, not nice.
“Things are never going to be easy for a club like Manchester United. To succeed Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be difficult for whichever manager takes over.”
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