Cristiano Ronaldo is in the process of alienating himself from everything and everyone at Manchester United. This is what the Athletic knows. The Portuguese has caused a tense situation at Carrington, the Mancunians’ training complex, according to details circulating in English media.
The defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion (1-2) and Brentford (4-0) are still festering at United and that is also noticeable for Ronaldo. The striker, who last weekend was a base player for the first time in a long time, has difficulty reintegrating into the team. The Athletic even writes that this is a challenge for Erik ten Hag and his staff, because Ronaldo has meanwhile become embattled with almost everyone.
Usually, the Portuguese lunches all alone in the canteen at Carrington and makes no move to sit with teammates. In addition, he is also often irritated and frustrated during training sessions, which also makes his fellow players have little desire to be around Ronaldo. Finally, it is striking that the multiple Ballon d’Or winner generally ignores the instructions of the technical staff. He did attend Sunday’s punishment training that Ten Hag imposed after the defeat against Brentford.
After that game, the frustration of Ronaldo, who was eager to leave United and thus now appears to be a disturbance within the selection, became publicly apparent. He had no intention of thanking the travelling supporters after the game and was not amused by the remarks of assistant coach Steve McClaren, who pointed out his mistake. He also ignored Ten Hag, did not shake hands with his coach and was already negative towards teammates during the match.