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EPL: They’re frustrated – Manchester United players convinced about Ronaldo’s January move


Manchester United players are convinced Cristiano Ronaldo is already plotting to leave Old Trafford in January

Ronaldo is said to have done everything within his power to leave Old Trafford over the summer but could not find a suitable destination.

The likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich were among the clubs mentioned but none was interested.

Ronaldo’s role at Old Trafford has been reduced to the bench after the 37-year-old missed the club’s entire pre-season campaign.

The Sun reports other members of the Manchester United squad are convinced the former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar will once again push for a move when the January transfer window opens.

The players are said to be unimpressed with Ronaldo’s inability to get up to speed with Erik ten Hag’s new gameplan.

A source told the newspaper: “All the players loved it when Ronaldo came back to United last season but they are frustrated he missed pre-season.

“The manager put a lot of work into giving the squad detailed information about what he wanted them to do and how he wanted them to play.

“Ronaldo is not up to speed with that and is relying on instinct when he plays. But that doesn’t work in Ten Hag’s system.

“He often demands the ball too early in build-up play and drops deep for the ball, but that means when the ball is wide there is no-one in the middle to hit it into.

“Ten Hag and the rest of the players really rate Ronaldo. But it’s clear that the success they have had this season is from following tactical instruction rather than the individual brilliance they relied on last season.

“Ronaldo is likely to find himself on the bench again going forward.

“He needs to realise it’s only going to work if he tunes into ten Hag’s plans”

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