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‘There was frustration’: Former Manchester United coach reveals why Cristiano Ronaldo misplaced the dressing room

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United in 2021 was met with nice fanfare and pleasure.

However, Ronaldo’s second spell on the membership has been marred by dressing room issues. In addition, Ronaldo’s public outbursts have additionally prompted issues and in the end led to his exit after a fall out with supervisor Erik Ten Hag.

Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan, who labored with Ronaldo throughout that interval, revealed how the Portuguese celebrity’s excessive requirements might have led to dropping the assist of a few of his team-mates.

“The second time round, he came in a lot older and a lot more opinionated, strong-willed,” Phelan mentioned.

“He still had massively high standards and was terrific to work with. But I’d probably say a tougher mindset. He had been at Man Utd, he had been Portugal’s ever-present, he had been at Madrid,” Phelan was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

Mike Phelan on Cristiano Ronaldo:

“He didn’t want his standards to drop, he wanted other people’s standards to come up. When he pushed and pushed hard, he didn’t get much reaction”

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“I liked it because he didn’t want his standards to drop, he wanted other people’s standards to come up. And sometimes you lose a few people along the way when that happens. I remember certain times when he pushed and pushed hard, and he didn’t get much reaction or much response. And there was frustration.” he added.

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“When you cope with prime, prime individuals, it’s about them and the place they’ll end and the place they’ll get to. They need to look again and go ‘wow, that was successful’. And he most likely realised, and I don’t know as I by no means had that dialog with him, that he couldn’t do it at Manchester United. So his challenges have been elsewhere.

It is essential to notice that Ronaldo continues to be a world-class participant, and he’s nonetheless making a major contribution in Saudi Arabia for Al Nassr.

“He’s nonetheless enjoying worldwide soccer, sure he’s in Saudi Arabia, however he’s nonetheless enjoying and scoring targets. He is doing all of the issues we knew he may do at Manchester United.