Cristiano Ronaldo launched a fierce attack on his Manchester United teammates, urging them to show more pride in their performance.
“I’d say we have a long way to improve because the most important thing for me is the mentality,” the Portugal striker, who believes his fellow players are not as committed to the cause, said on Thursday. “To look at yourself and say, ‘I can do better.'”
To be a professional, help the team, the right mindset, self-learning and positive. All of these details depend on you, not the coaches, the fans or the press. If you are proud of yourself and have dignity, you have to do so much more.
Cristiano Ronaldo launched a savage attack on his Manchester United teammates
Ronaldo stays late after training to work on his fitness but, Sportsmail can reveal, he is baffled as more of his teammates are not doing the same. He also hinted that United’s young players are not listening to his words of wisdom.
He said, “If I give you advice, even if you are younger than me, if you do not cultivate it during your daily life, it will be difficult.” I will be the first to help. But if you don’t want to help me, do your job, find yourself, and do your best to help the team.
I can talk all day with this person, but if he’s not coming from inside of you, that’s impossible. When I was 18, 19, 20, some of the older guys talked to me, but I put that as ‘Cristiano, you have to get better’.
Sportsmail also learned of an example where Ronaldo complained privately that he is one of the only United players to go to the gym to do extra work before and after training at Carrington.
Ronaldo thinks his fellow players are not as committed to the cause as he is
The Portuguese star’s meticulous fitness regime has helped him stay on top of his game at the age of 36, but there are concerns about the position of the rest of the squad since his return to Old Trafford last summer.
United slipped to seventh in the Premier League amid fears of a gaping hole in the dressing room, and fans displayed a banner reading “The Standards” during Monday’s FA Cup win over Aston Villa.
Ronaldo questioned the mentality of United’s players in an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday, and hinted that some of them were ignoring his advice.
When asked if the team could succeed without the right mentality, he replied: “Impossible. I think that is the main point.
This is why I say we have a long way to improve, because for me the most important thing is mentality. To look at yourself and say, “I can do better.”
To be a professional, help the team, have the right mindset, be educated and positive. I think all these details depend on you and not the coaches, the fans or the press. If you are proud of yourself and have some dignity, then you should do so much more.
Ronaldo stays late after training to work on his fitness but, Sportsmail can reveal, he’s baffled as more of his teammates aren’t doing the same.
Ronaldo was fanatical about his fitness when he joined United from Sporting Lisbon at the age of 18, and he challenged the club’s staff to help make him the best player in the world.
Wearing ankle weights while training, he was the first United player to hire a personal chef, and spent hours in private after training to perfect his skills, hidden from anyone who could spot his mistakes.
The pursuit of perfection continued throughout his career and the player even installed an ice room for cryotherapy at home to help his body recover.
He added: I can give an example. If I give you advice, even if you are younger than me, if you do not cultivate it during your daily life, it will be difficult.
I will be the first to help. But if you don’t want to help me, don’t do your job, don’t look for yourself, don’t do your best to help the team… I can talk all day with this person but if he’s not coming from inside you, that’s impossible. When I was 18, 19, 20 years old, some of the older guys talked to me, but I put that as ‘Cristiano, you have to get better – they know more than you, they are more experienced than you’.
Ronaldo questioned the mentality of the United players in an interview on Thursday
“You should look in the mirror and say, ‘I give it all.’ I think we should all do it. It’s a new year, we’ve turned the page, we have so many things to win and we have to believe in it. If not, it’s going to be a nightmare.” I try to improve different things and better things to help the team.
‘This is the main point.’ We are all here to make the team better, let’s try. We must unite in difficult moments.
Ronaldo won eight major titles in his first spell at Old Trafford, in addition to winning the first of five Ballon d’Or awards, and has scored 14 goals since joining the club from Juventus.
But United’s woes have overshadowed his return this season, and the former Real Madrid star warned he is no longer to lose a place in the Europa League.
“I don’t want to be here in a club fighting to finish sixth, seventh or fifth, I’m here to try and win,” he said. “I came back to Manchester because I love this club, not just because of the money or anything else. I think here we have the ability to win important things. But some things have to change. I think if we change our minds we can achieve big things.
Ronaldo won eight major trophies in his first spell at Old Trafford but his comeback has been overshadowed by United’s troubles this season.
To build something good, sometimes you have to destroy some things. So why not? New year new life. I hope Manchester United will be at the level people want.
“The last five or six games, do you think United have played very well? No. Everyone knows that. We have time to improve. We have a team with potential and a new manager. Why don’t we think we can do better? You have to be positive to try to change things and play. How do Manchester United fans and club history.
This is why we will not give up. The only men who give up are those who are mentally weak.
“We have to win the league or finish second or third. In my heart, I don’t accept that our mentality can be less than being in the top three in the Premier League. To be honest, I don’t see other positions for Manchester United,” he said.