Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly had a squabble with his agent Jorge Mendes over his desire to leave Manchester United.
The Portuguese’s return to Old Trafford hasn’t gone as planned, with United in in fifth place in the Premier League, one point behind Arsenal in fourth after three games.
United also failed to make an impression in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. To end a five-year wait for trophy, they need to win the Champions League, but that appears doubtful.
Ronaldo’s own record has been poor, with the Portuguese scoring just once in the Premier League since the turn of the year, his worst run in almost a decade.
He has 15 goals in 30 appearances for United this season, and if he is to match his 36 goals for Juventus last season, he will need a fantastic finish to the season.
Ronaldo was absent from United’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City at the weekend and did not exercise on Wednesday morning due to a hip flexor issue.
And, according to The Sun, he may not play for the Red Devils for much longer.
After a fight with interim manager Ralf Rangnick, Ronaldo is alleged to have discussed his future with Mendes, who has sought to “calm the player” down.
According to rumors, Rangnick informed the veteran, who turned 37 last month, that he would be sent to the Etihad as a “super-sub” for tactical reasons.
Ronaldo was apparently encouraged to whine about his chronic hip problem, which forced him to miss two games in January, both against Aston Villa.
Because of Ronaldo’s mood, there is said to be a “uneasy tension” around United’s Carrington training base. In the camp, Ronaldo is said to have “allies.”
Rangnick is said to be striving to bring United’s purportedly fractured team together. This season, there have been numerous leaks from the Old Trafford dressing room.
The most recent rumor comes after a report on Sunday that suggested Ronaldo’s absence from United’s defeat to City caused a commotion in the locker room.
Despite Rangnick’s prior insistence that injured players should remain in the group, Ronaldo rushed out to Portugal after being ruled out of the City encounter.
Last December, the German coach noted, “My prior clubs were always trying to make sure the therapy should take place in the club itself.”
“As far as I can tell, the medical department is really, really competent, with a lot of various techniques to rehab… in the future, I want them [damaged players] to stay here,” says the coach.
At Old Trafford, Ronaldo is remembered for his heroics during his first stay, when he led the team to three Premier League titles, the Champions League, and a slew of other trophies.
Last month, United captain Harry Maguire responded to the leaks on Twitter, saying, “I’ve seen a lot of reports about this club that aren’t real, and this is another.”
“I’m not going to start posting on everything that’s said, but I felt the need to clarify this one.” We’ve come together and are focused on Sunday. Everyone, have a wonderful day.”