Paul Ince, a former midfielder, is dissatisfied with the performance of the Portuguese attacker.
Manchester United’s difficulties show no signs of abating, as the club’s former players continue to criticize their current side, with Paul Ince specifically naming Cristiano Ronaldo as the target of his ire.
Ince has stated that Ronaldo’s attitude is the root of his problems since rejoining the Red Devils last summer. Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times since his return to Manchester United.
“What comes to mind is the question, “Why didn’t you just go and get [Erling] Haaland?” You didn’t need Ronaldo, but the fact that everyone assumed he was on his way to Manchester City was a factor “According to Ince, who spoke to the Sun.
“At the time of his arrival, everyone thought it was fantastic, and if it hadn’t been for Ronaldo, they wouldn’t still be in the Champions League.
“People were gushing about how good he would be for the club, the players, and the young players.
“However, the example he is setting by tossing his toys out of the pram is not one we would like him to set for his siblings.
“Why would you listen to someone who is willing to act in such a reckless manner?”
And Ince, who played for Manchester United from 1989 to 1995, has identified some of the behaviours of Ronaldo that he finds most frustrating when watching him play.
In addition, “as we’ve seen on several occasions – racing down the tunnel without clapping supporters, pouting – it’s not a good example to set,” said Ince.
“I understand your aggravation, but you have to vent it behind closed doors, not in plain face of the supporters and cameras,” says the coach.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance has been criticized.
Before the start of the new year, Ronaldo scored 14 goals in as many games, but he has now gone six games without a goal, the longest such streak since the 2008/09 season, when he went seven games without a goal in seven games.
“He was flying when he first started, but he stopped receiving service, dropped further into the atmosphere to the point where he was no longer a risk to anyone, and then the frustration set in,” Ince continued.
“He is a self-centered athlete – Ronaldo is all about Ronaldo and nothing else. He will be dissatisfied if he does not score.
“We saw it at Juventus when, after he left, Giorgio Chiellini stated that they might once again be considered a family.
We should be focused on Manchester United and the squad, but it has become all about Ronaldo, and we are now witnessing the culmination of that frustration.”
According to Ince, one of the most pressing questions surrounding Ronaldo’s future is who will be the manager of Manchester United. Under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, Ronaldo is becoming increasingly unpopular, which could be enough to force him out of the club.
“What happens at the end of the season is dependent on who is brought in. If Rangnick continues, I believe you’ll see Ronaldo leave as well “Ince came to a close.
“If Mauricio Pochettino is hired, he may decide to stay. The problem is that Ronaldo needs to play because you can’t afford to pay someone half a million pounds a week to sit on the bench against Burnley when you need three points.
“If he doesn’t play this season, I don’t see him coming back next season.”