Manchester United’s English players are reportedly irritated that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to lead the dressing room with his own clique.
As a result, there is now a risk of a split in the team.
This is according to BILD’s Head of Football Christian Falk, who understands that Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford are among the English players frustrated with the club’s star player..
Maguire and Rashford are two of the most influential players in the Old Trafford dressing room.
Other England internationals at the club include Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, and Phil Jones.
But Falk claims United’s English contingent are ‘irritated’ that Ronaldo is keen to run the dressing room with the players he’s closest to at the club.
TRUE✅ The English Players like Harry Maguire, Marcus Rushford & Co are irritated that Ronaldo wants to lead the dressing room with his own clique. there is a risk of a split in the team @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/mnOFJVmO3S— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 16, 2022
A recent photo of Ronaldo on his 37th birthday showed the legendary Portuguese forward celebrating with compatriots Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot, although it’s unclear whether these two form part of the aforementioned ‘clique’.
Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo's birthday dinner. 😍 pic.twitter.com/gKsbKs8VPp— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) February 6, 2022
Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester last summer after a 12-year absence, scored his 15th goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday. Fernandes was also on the scoresheet.
Maguire, who has endured a difficult campaign, played the whole 90 minutes. Rashford, meanwhile, came on for the final 10 minutes in place of Anthony Elanga.