Cristiano Ronaldo has forced a revamp of Manchester United’s training ground swimming pool, in response to reports. The Portugal international often leaves no stone unturned as he strides to be operating at the height of his powers. And, now, he’s got his way behind the scenes.
In keeping with The Mirror, Ronaldo complained that United’s swimming pool was ‘old’ and a ‘health hazard’.
He apparently told bosses on the club’s Carrington training complex that he didn’t need to use either the foremost or plunge pool.
And this, apparently, was because ‘loose, chipped and missing tiles made it a danger’.
Ronaldo called on the club to re-tile and refurbish the pools, admitting he was shocked they hadn’t modified since Sir Alex Ferguson’s time within the dugout.
United chiefs, behind the scenes, took his complaints seriously.
And the pools are actually set to be upgraded in time for pre-season, with players within the squad due back in July.
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And their current facilities are believed to pale as compared to the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Last 12 months, United applied for planning permission to construct recent changing rooms, offices, gyms and catering areas at Carrington.
A source is quoted as saying: “Cristiano is a vital voice on the training ground.
“Previously players may need said something but nothing happened.
“If Cristiano speaks up, people listen, take notice and things are likely to change!”
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Meanwhile, Ronaldo is ready to be a part of Erik ten Hag’s squad at United after the 52-year-old talked up the veteran.
Yet Jamie Carragher thinks the Dutchman could be higher off eliminating the Portugal international as an alternative.
“I’m convinced [Ten Hag] has got to do it with Ronaldo. I’m convinced,” he said.
“Whether he’s allowed to or not, and I’ve said this consistently through this season, that was not a superb signing.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one in all the best players of all time, and I’m seen because the guy that is criticising Ronaldo.
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“Ronaldo’s a much higher player than I used to be; I could not even lace his boots, obviously. But I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to him – he’s amazing.
“Ronaldo has never played in a team this bad. He’s at all times played for nice teams. His attitude of attempting to be the foremost man, getting the goals, driving people on; if you’re in an important team, they’re seen as positives.
“Whenever you’re not playing for an important team, it could actually be seen as a negative, and I feel it has been a negative this season.
“Man United cannot go into next season with a forward who’s going to be 38.
“Even when he does rating goals, that is not right for Man United – one in all the largest clubs on this planet.”