Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has told Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘shut up’ following his touchline tantrum against Tottenham last week that saw him leave Old Trafford before the full-time whistle had sounded. Reports are circulating that he’ll leave the club in January.
Ronaldo was eager to cut short his homecoming short over the summer, though Erik ten Hag insisted that the forward remained a part of his plans. Nevertheless, thus far, that doesn’t seem like the case.
Marcus Rashford has shone as a No 9 to this point this season, with Anthony Martial’s return to form also pushing Ronaldo further down the pecking order. The behaviour of the Portugal international has since called into query whether he just isn’t more of a disruption to have at United than an asset, with Johnson insisting that the player and manager must show a level of respect for each other.
He told Midnite: “Respect is mutual. No player can do what they need, the team is more essential than one player, I do not care who it’s. Each Ten Hag and Ronaldo need to indicate respect to one another, in fact, Ronaldo deserves respect for what he’s done. But then he must respect his manager.
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“If the team is winning, players who aren’t playing have to shut up, there is a time and a spot if you’re banging on the manager’s door, and that is if you’re not playing when the team is losing every week.”
Chelsea have emerged as candidates to sign Ronaldo within the January transfer window, with Todd Boehly eager to mark his arrival at Stamford Bridge with a marquee signing. The owner held talks with Jorge Mendes, the previous Real Madrid star’s agent, ahead of the beginning of the season but was told by then-manager Thomas Tuchel to not table a suggestion.
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Despite Ronaldo’s behaviour overshadowing his side’s victory against Tottenham, Ten Hag has insisted that Ronaldo will see out the season under his manager. Speaking in regards to the incident at Old Trafford, Red Devils hero Gary Neville told his podcast that he feels his ex-teammate could also be misrepresenting himself to supporters.
He said: “There’s a superb line between a winner and a whiner. And in the meanwhile, he might just be turning the Manchester United fans into considering he’s whining somewhat bit and he’s sulking somewhat bit. We don’t want that for him, he’s too good, he’s the best player I’ve ever seen.”