Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United in 2021 was met with great fanfare and excitement.
However, Ronaldo’s second spell at the club has been marred by dressing room problems. In addition, Ronaldo’s public outbursts have also caused problems and ultimately led to his exit after a fall out with manager Erik Ten Hag.
Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan, who worked with Ronaldo during that period, revealed how the Portuguese superstar’s high standards may have led to losing the support of some of his team-mates.
“The second time round, he came in a lot older and a lot more opinionated, strong-willed,” Phelan said.
“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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