Jesse Lingard agrees with Cristiano Ronaldo that Man Utd are “behind with everything” if you compare them to their Premier League rivals.
The winger left the Red Devils in the summer transfer window on a free transfer with Nottingham Forest agreeing a one-year deal at the City Ground.
Man Utd are going in the right direction on the pitch with their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night taking them up to third in the Premier League, level on points with arch-rivals Man City, who occupy second position.
But Ronaldo highlighted issues off the pitch in his controversial interview with Piers Morgan that led to his exit from Old Trafford at the end of November.
The Portugal international criticised the club, manager, senior executives and former players but one of the biggest takeaways from the interview was Ronaldo highlighting the current state of facilities at the club.
Ronaldo said: “Nothing changed since I left. The pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym, even some technology. Even the chefs who I appreciate, lovely people. I thought I would see new technology, infrastructure. I saw things I saw when I was 20.”
And Lingard agrees with Ronaldo and has revealed that he reckons even their social media team are behind a lot of their Premier League rivals.
Lingard told The Diary of a CEO podcast: “You know what it is, I think they’re so behind with everything.
“You see [Manchester] City’s facilities, you see Tottenham’s facilities when we go there with England and train at Tottenham, like people are miles ahead.
“Even the social side of things and that. I went to them like 2017 about YouTube and doing content, but they’re so behind on everything. I just want them to get up to date with the new things that are happening, the things that are popping. You’ve got to be relevant, you’ve got to stay relevant.”
Former Man Utd right-back Gary Neville recently bemoaned the state of Old Trafford too with Liverpool’s stadium Anfield now a “more modern ground” than United’s.
“I used to laugh when I went to Anfield and compared it to Old Trafford,” Neville said on Steven Bartlett’s The Diary Of A CEO podcast in August.
“I’d always think ‘they can never catch up, they’re too far behind’.
“They’re building that second stand now behind the goal where the away fans sit. The main stand now is towering up.
“Anfield will be a more modern ground than Manchester United and Old Trafford in 12 months. That is unforgivable.”
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