Man United in 2021: Ronaldo's return, Ole out and Rangnick revolution
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are part of a group of Manchester United players who are at odds with the rest of the squad, it has been claimed. Both players have been unable to prevent a turbulent season at Old Trafford. The Red Devils managed to beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday but, once again, were far from their best.
Fernandes has been a huge asset for United ever since arriving from Sporting Lisbon two years ago, helping the club finish third and second in the Premier League table under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to his sacking.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has scored 14 goals from 21 appearances since touching down from Juventus back in the summer.
With United having two of the best players in the world at their disposal, many expected them to help the club win the Premier League title.
Yet the Red Devils have endured a wretched season so far, with their hopes of title glory already out of the window.
There have been claims United are at a broken camp at present amid their worsening results.
And talkSPORT’s Alex Crook have claimed Ronaldo and Fernandes are part of a group who are at odds with the rest of the squad.
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“I think there are a couple of issues,” Crook told Darren Bent’s Boot Room.
“Clearly, there are problems in the dressing room and we’ve seen on the back pages today that Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent is flying over because his client isn’t absolutely convinced that he made the right move in terms of adding trophies to his glittering CV.
“I’ve been told there is a definite split with the Portuguese speakers and the non-Portuguese speakers. “
Crook then proceeded to take aim at Ralf Rangnick, insisting the German isn’t good enough.
“We’re a few weeks now into this Ralf Rangnick project,” Crook said.
“We were told what an experienced operator he was when he got the job, that he was the godfather of the Gegenpress who all the other German managers that ply their trade in the Premier League or the former Bundesliga bosses – the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttl – look up to and admire.
“I think that may have been over-egged a little bit. I’m not sure that he’s held in such high regard.
“I’ve said it all along on this programme and I’ve been pretty steadfast that Manchester United – like I said about Arsenal earlier – they need an elite-level manager.
“And if you look at Ralf Rangnick’s CV, it doesn’t smack of an elite-level manager.
“Ulm 1846 [is where he won] his first trophy as a manager. Stuttgart, he won the Intertoto Cup. Hannover, he won the 2. Bundesliga. Schalke, he won some cups and yes he did take them to a Champions League semi-final.
“But I think he’s probably a better administrator – and that’s where most of his success has come in terms what he did in the Red Bull franchise – than he is a manager.”
Meanwhile, Raphael Varane was asked about United’s broken dressing room after his team’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday.
And the France international insisted the players were together as they look to turn things around.
“We just have to be focused on our job. We have to fight, we have to fight for our fans. That is it,” he said.
Varane also admitted United had to suffer against Villa, who were the better team for large periods.
“It was a difficult match,” said the 2018 World Cup winner.
“We had to suffer a lot on the pitch but together and I liked the spirit of this match.
“We had the opportunity to score more goals. When it was not possible to play higher up the pitch we were compact and did not let them play easily.
“We had to be aggressive and as a result it is good.
“We are happy. We need more confidence, we need to be together and I think we are in a good way.”
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