Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been ‘baffled’ by the attitude of his Manchester United teammates towards training.
Ronaldo spoke this week about Manchester United’s disappointing performances so far this season, and asked the team to improve your ‘mindset’ as the Red Devils look to improve during the second half of the season.
United had been singled out as a potential title contender following the arrival of Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane last summer, but have not been able to keep up with major Premier League teams and are currently in seventh place.
Ronaldo is said to fall behind regularly after training to improve his fitness in the gym, and the Mail They say the veteran is ‘puzzled’ that his teammates are not doing the same, the forward having ‘privately complained’ that he is the only player who does extra work before and after training.
The Portugal captain also suggested that the younger members of the dressing room are not open to advice and constructive criticism from the club’s top professionals.
“The mature players, the older ones can always help the young ones,” Ronaldo told Premier League Productions. “But, I can give you an example, if I give you some advice, even if you are younger than me and if you don’t implement that in daily life it will be difficult.
“I remember when I was 18, 19, 20 years old, some old players spoke to me and I said, ‘Cristiano, you know you have to improve. They know more than you, they have more experience than you. ‘ They went through a lot of bad times.
“But other people (young people), they don’t accept that if you criticize them. I am not saying this in relation to our players but in general. I have children, I know. Sometimes when you’re a little tougher, they do the opposite, you have to find the right balance to talk to them. “
United advanced to the FA Cup fourth round despite an unconvincing win over Aston Villa on Monday night and are facing the same opposition in the Premier League this weekend.