Manchester United’s players are ‘fed up’ with Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation, with speculation over his future ‘sapping the spirit in the camp’.
It’s been a busy summer at Old Trafford with a new manager, new signings and the drama involving Ronaldo’s movement.
According to The Sun, a number of players would prefer if he left the club rather than allowing the current uncertainty to continue.
The 37-year-old revealed that he hoped to leave the club at the end of last term following the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
The report adds Ronaldo believes that he has a gentleman’s agreement with United to let him go, while his agent, Jorge Mendes, is hoping that the Red Devils will name their price due to a deal being on the table for him to join an unnamed club.
While a move has not yet materialised, it’s claimed that there’s a growing anger among the squad regarding his stance and attitude.
A source told The Sun: “It is really starting to annoy a lot of players now.
“He does have his allies in the camp but a lot are fed up with how he is going about things.”
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It’s been far from a straightforward summer for Ronaldo, who missed the start of the club’s pre-season campaign to stay and train alone in Portugal.
He then missed the club’s trip to Australia, before reuniting with the squad upon their return to the UK.
Ronaldo was handed his first pre-season minutes as he played half of the match against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford, before grabbing headlines for being one of the players to leave the match early, much to Erik ten Hag’s annoyance.
The 37-year-old was then left on the bench for United’s Premier League opener against Brighton at the weekend, a fixture they lost 2-1.
Should Ronaldo move on, United will be tasked with finding a replacement for his record in front of goal, with the forward scoring 24 goals in 38 appearances for the club in all competitions last term.
Along with a potential move for Adrien Rabiot, the Red Devils have been heavily linked with a shock move for Bologna star Marko Arnautovic.
The ex-West Ham star emerged as a surprise transfer target for Ten Hag, however that interest is said to have cooled in the last 24 hours given the widespread criticism from United supporters.
With Anthony Martial currently sidelined with injury and Marcus Rashford struggling for form, it’s clear that the attacking situation at Old Trafford is one that needs addressing sooner rather than later.
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