REVEALED: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘demanded captain Harry Maguire DEMOTLED and said he was ‘part of the problem’ at Man United – but was slammed by Ralf Rangnick for being ‘inappropriate’
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has not gone as planned so far
- Information has emerged about clashes with Ralf Rangnick last season
- The Portuguese star wanted Harry Maguire dropped for his poor performances
- Ronaldo also wanted to play in a two-forward formation with Edinson Cavani
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly called for the resignation of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last season as the dressing room turned toxic and results plummeted.
Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford did not go according to plan and tensions eased last season when the club limped to sixth place.
And details have surfaced on the Portuguese striker’s demands, from team selection to formation adjustments.
Cristiano Ronaldo called Harry Maguire (left) part of the problem and wanted to dump him
Ralf Rangnick told the players who confronted him that their conversation was “inappropriate”.
According to The Athletic, Ronaldo was part of a group of players who approached Rangnick at Carrington in February this year.
Among them were Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba but Ronaldo’s message got through clearly as he said: ‘Maguire is part of the problem’.
Some players from the group then apologized to the interim boss, who left the club in the summer.
Rangnick is said to have told the players, including Ronaldo, that it was ‘inappropriate’ to talk about Maguire when the player himself wasn’t there.
Ronaldo also had a look at the team’s line-up and during the impromptu meeting told the manager in no uncertain terms how he wanted them lined up.
Ronaldo and Maguire have both been benched for United’s last two games
Paul Pogba (left) and Raphael Varane (right) were part of the group to approach Rangnick
The 37-year-old wanted to play up front alongside Edinson Cavani but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
The report helps shed light on the summer of discontent at Old Trafford – which was largely overshadowed by Ronaldo urging to leave the company.
Given the lack of prospects who can afford his wages, it now seems inevitable that the forward will remain at the club.
United’s best performance of the season so far came in the 2-1 home win over Liverpool when Ronaldo was benched and they backed that up by beating Southampton away, again with Ronaldo in the substitutes.
Ronaldo’s body language has been questioned, particularly in the Brentford loss
Ironically, Maguire, whom Ronaldo called out, was also eliminated from the team during their recent resurgence.
Erik ten Hag is trying to make his mark on the United squad but risks Ronaldo’s influence on the squad becoming corrosive if he continues on the bench.
Rio Ferdinand recently commented on his own Vibe with Five podcast: “Whether he stays or not, none of us knows. But I know Cristiano [Ronaldo]I know for a fact that he’s going to be absolutely furious now.
“Forget who starts before him, [that] it doesn’t start. You can’t do what he’s done in his career for the amazing length of time he’s played at the levels he’s played by being someone who accepts not starting and being a replacement for a team that has is not in the Champions League.
“Whatever someone says about running, pressing, etc. they’re going to sit there and go.” I scored 24 goals last season. The hardest thing in football is putting the ball in the net and I did it 24 times last year .”‘
Ronaldo came off the bench against Southampton and his presence plays a huge role in the squad
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11163827/Cristiano-Ronaldo-called-captain-Harry-Maguire-DEMOTED-Man-United-season.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Cristiano Ronaldo ‘demanded captain Harry Maguire DEMOTLED at Man United last season’