Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets record straight after Cristiano Ronaldo ‘changes Man Utd habits’

Ronaldo was claimed to have inadvertently convinced every member of Manchester United’s squad not to have dessert in their pre-match meal last Friday evening ahead of the victory over Newcastle

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set the record straight after Cristiano Ronaldo was said to have changed the Manchester United squad's eating habits.

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Back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant has claimed no member of the Red Devils clan had eaten dessert at the team hotel on Friday before Saturday's 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Ronaldo scored twice on his second debut for the club before compatriot Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard scored late to seal victory over Steve Bruce's side, who had equalised early in the second half through Javier Manquillo.

The 36-year-old's grand homecoming lived up to expectations with his effect on and off the pitch, but he was believed to have had made an impact the night prior.

Solskjaer has set the record straight on Man Utd's Friday night meal
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Grant told talkSPORT that not a single member of United's first-team squad had gone for dessert on Friday evening, having seen the five-time Ballon d'Or winner had opted not to.

"This was Friday night in the group hotel," Grant explained. "So, as you guys will be aware, you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you’ve got a few cheat stuff out.

"You’ve got some apple crumble or you’ve got a bit of brownie and cream or what not.

"I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down and one of the lads said to me, ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’

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The goalkeeper continued: "So we were having a little goosey gander at what he has got and obviously it is the cleanest, most healthy plate you can imagine.

"And it just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out."

Ahead of the Red Devils' Champions League group stage opener against BSC Young Boys on Tuesday, Solskjaer set the record straight while speaking to reporters.

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"That's obviously a joke by Granty in a setting with some mates and ex-players," he said. "It's not like we're linked with junk food and Cristiano changed it."

However, Solskjaer had revealed Ronaldo had given a speech to his new team-mates rather than signing an initiation song, something he had already done 18 years ago following his switch from Sporting Lisbon as a teenager.

The Norwegian commented post-match at the weekend: "Everyone who comes into the team has to introduce themselves – not everyone knew his name, so they do now!"

He was coy on what exactly was said in the speech but Solskjaer was keen to praise his on-the-pitch goods.

"He does what he does," added the United manager. "He lifts everyone, he gets everyone so focused around the place, he puts demands on himself which then puts demands on his team-mates and demands on us and that's why he's done so much in his career, he’s been so disciplined.

Solskjaer added: "He's evolved, he’s developed as a player, he’s a different type of player to when he left but he's still a ruthless and clinical goalscorer, he smells the big moments and senses when there are goals."

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