Ronaldo ‘baffled’ by one thing his Man Utd team-mates don’t do

Date published: Friday 14th January 2022 9:06 - Joe Williams

Man Utd stiker Cristiano Ronaldo protests at a decision

Cristiano Ronaldo has been amazed by the lack of extra gym work his Man Utd team-mates do, according to reports.

The Portugal international has scored 14 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils after rejoining the club from Juventus in the summer transfer window.

However, the club’s fortunes have not matched that of Ronaldo’s goal record with Man Utd currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was replaced by interim boss Ralf Rangnick in November but, despite results being decent, their performances have been poor.

That has led to rumours about cliques in the Man Utd dressing room with numerous unhappy players in their bloated squad.

And now the Daily Mail claims that Ronaldo is ‘baffled that more of his team-mates’ don’t stay behind and do extra gym work like he does every day.

The report adds that Ronaldo ‘complained privately that he is one of the only United players who goes to the gym to do extra work before and after training at Carrington’.

During an interview earlier this week, Ronaldo has backed Rangnick to “destroy a few things” as Man Utd aim to finish in the top four.

“Manchester United should win the league or be second or third. I don’t see any other position for Manchester United,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.

“In my heart, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than being in the top three in the Premier League, in my opinion.

“I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things. So why not – new year, new life and I hope that Manchester (United) can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.

“We are capable of changing things now. I know the way but I’m not going to mention it here because I don’t think it’s ethical on my part to say that.

“What I can say is we can do better – all of us. Manchester (United) belongs to important things, so we have to change that.

“I don’t want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete.

“I think we compete but we are not yet in our best level. But we have a long way to improve and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.

“Since he arrived five weeks ago he changed many things. But he needs time to put his ideas across to the players.

“It takes time but I believe that he is going to do a good job. We know we aren’t playing the best football but we have many games to improve.

“Since he arrived I think in some points we are better, but he needs time. It’s not that easy to change the mentality of players and the way they play, the culture, the system like that. I believe that he is going to do a good job.”


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