CRISTIANO RONALDO was slammed for his attitude towards three of Manchester United young stars.
And Jamie Carragher believes Ralf Rangnick’s tactics are not getting the most out of the frustrated Portuguese forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo moaned at his team-mates during the 1-1 draw at NewcastleCredit: EPA
Edinson Cavani took the young forwards under his wing when he arrived at Old TraffordCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement
Ronaldo, 36, constantly sulked throughout United’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Monday, appearing to moan at his team-mates.
Gabby Agbonlahor hit out at the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and called on him to lead Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho by example, like Edinson Cavani.
The ex-Aston Villa striker told talkSPORT: “If you’re Greenwood, Rashford, Sancho and you make a bad pass or a bad cross, you’re looking at Ronaldo.
“He’s throwing his arms up. Why can’t he be a bit more, ‘Oh, unlucky, next time keep going,’ like Cavani was when he came on.
“Cavani was clapping Rashford and saying ‘come on.’
“I understand he’s one of the best players to play the game but if I’m the younger players coming through, I need the senior players to give me a hand when I’m not playing well my confidence is low.
“It’s all about Ronaldo, running off the pitch after the game because he hasn’t got his goal. I feel he needs to do more to be a team player.”
Agbonlahor added to Football Insider: “‘It looks to me like Ronaldo just cares about his goals.
“That performance from Ronaldo was somebody sulking all game. His attitude was off.
“If I’m Rashford, Greenwood and Sancho I’m scared to have a shot. Every time they have a shot he’s got his arms up to say, ‘Why haven’t you passed to me?’
“The harmony is not right in that changing room. The form of Rashford and Greenwood has dropped since Ronaldo has been there.
“They can’t express themselves, it’s like they think, ‘I have to pass to Ronaldo, I have to create a chance for Ronaldo.’
“Before Ronaldo came, Greenwood was taking players on and shots on and he’s not doing that anymore and getting dragged at half-time.
“If I was Rashford, Greenwood or Sancho I’d be saying to myself, ‘Oh, why did we have to bring him here?'”
RALF TO BLAME
Ronaldo has scored 13 goals in 19 appearances since returning to Old Trafford – including seven in the Premier League.
Rashford, Sancho and Greenwood have seven goals combined in the league this term.
But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher pointed the blame at new interim boss Rangnick and the way he is getting the team to play.
The Liverpool legend told Monday Night Football: “The thing that would worry me as a Manchester United fan is the lack of chances they’re creating in games.
“This is a depleted Newcastle team who have conceded 11 in the last three games.
“You think of the role of Cristiano Ronaldo this season, the amount of times he’s saved Manchester United with big goals.
“He got the penalty at Norwich but he hasn’t really had many chances.
“If you’re not creating much for him… he’s a killer, deadly in the box, but if you’re not creating too much he’s not that involved in the game.”
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