Manchester United told Cristiano Ronaldo he is ‘part of the problem’ after new offseason


Manchester United have been told that Cristiano Ronaldo is “part of the problem” at Old Trafford currently, as the Reds have not improved since his arrival.

United’s season hit another low on Friday as they were eliminated from the FA Cup following their penalty shootout loss to Middlesbrough.

It means their hopes of winning any trophies this season appear to be over, with only the Champions League offering a glimmer of hope as they battle for fourth place in the Premier League.

United were not helped by a Ronaldo miss in the cup, with the usually reliable superstar upsetting his lines from the spot when he scraped his first-half penalty.

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The 37-year-old also squandered some decent chances to put the draw beyond question before the hosts were eliminated from the competition, losing 8-7 on penalties.

And former West Ham striker Carlton Cole told talkSPORT he thinks Ronaldo has been part of the problem for United this campaign, as they failed to capitalize on their second-place finish last season.

“Who is in that locker room and really leading by example?” Cole said. “Yes, Ronaldo does, but he came out the other day saying that most of these youngsters don’t listen. Now is another time and they respond to other things.

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“What motivates these players? Is it money? win trophies? I can not see it

“It is a strange place for a team like Man United that has no drive and no passion. It’s just a weird place to see them. I can’t see where they’re going to get this leader from.

Cristiano Ronaldo collapses during the FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.
Cristiano Ronaldo collapses during the FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.

“I was criticized for saying this about Cristiano Ronaldo earlier, who came in and diverted all attention from what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was doing.

“I’m not saying he’s not going to score goals for you, he scores a bag of goals, but was it the right thing to do for Manchester United? Was it the right thing for that team?

“The evidence shows, and not just from tonight, but with everything that has happened since he arrived, Man United have yet to go to the next level.”

Cole added: “I’m not saying it’s just Ronaldo’s fault, a lot has happened, but he’s also part of the problem.

“Obviously, you’re going to look for Ronaldo, but I don’t know if he can lead by example more. He doesn’t have that tenacity.

“Where before he was just buzzing around the pitch, now he’s waiting, he’s keeping an eye on goals right now because he’s trying to save energy and score goals, that’s his job and that’s what we expect of him.

“Obviously the younger Ronaldo would have been bombing the pitch and charging but now he has to rely on his team-mates.

“He’s a leader in his own way, but he can’t say much to the players. They need someone who also shows action. I was looking in that field for a leader, and I didn’t see one.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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