Cristiano Ronaldo has voiced concerns about the lack of Manchester United players who stay behind after training to do extra work -some the the Portuguese star is renowned for
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- 07:59, 14 Jan 2022
- Updated08:04, 14 Jan 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo has been left baffled by the lack of extra work undertaken by the majority of the Manchester United squad, according to reports.
The Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford in the summer following 12 years away.
His relentless drive and standards was tipped to further a team who had finished third and second in each of the past two seasons.
That has not materialised however with Ronaldo's United side languishing in seventh.
The No.7, now 36, is known for his desire to put in the extra work, which has allowed him to remain in top shape despite his age.
And the Daily Mail reports that Ronaldo cannot believe the lack of players who stay after training to work on various aspects of their fitness.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has taken issue with the training habits of his teammates
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He also complained privately that he is one of the only players in the squad who goes to the gym to do extra work before and after training at Carrington.
United's lacklustre session has already seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lose his job.
Ralf Rangnick is now leading a team that includes several young players, but many of whom appear to be dropping below the standards Ronaldo is seeking.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner spoke candidly about the modern day player, claiming taking on criticism is a major flaw.
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He told Sky Sports : “I remember when I was 18 some older players spoke with me and I took that as having to improve, they know more than me as they have more bad moments.
"This new generation in general don’t accept that if you criticise them. I have kids I know. They do the opposite.
“I don’t say our players but in general. You have to find the right balance to speak with them.
"It’s a new year we have to change the page. We have many things to win. We have to believe that or it will be a nightmare.
“I’m here to help. When they need my support and advice, I will be the number one to help.
The 36-year-old has long been praised for his extra work
“If you don’t want my help and my advice, do your job look at yourself. Do your best to help the team.”
Ronaldo also claimed, based on his physique, that he plans to play into his 40s.
“Genetically I feel like I’m 30 years old. I take great care of my body and my mind," he told ESPN .
"Something I’ve learned recently is that after 33, I believe the body can deliver if you need it, but the real battle is mental."
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