Interim Man United manager Ralf Rangnick is under intense pressure to patch things up behind the scenes and improve results before handing the club over to the new permanent boss
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are apparently in agreement over some Manchester United stars being unable to take criticism.
The Red Devils are in crisis on and off the pitch with claims the dressing room is divided.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is under intense pressure to patch things up behind the scenes and improve results before handing the club over to the new permanent boss.
And Ronaldo thinks his job has been made harder by certain individuals at United being unable to take criticism and advice from the more experienced players at the club.
“The mature players, the older players, can always help the younger players,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.
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“But I can give you an example if I give you advice, even if you are younger than me, but if that’s not in your plan during your daily life then it will be difficult. You can speak all day with that person, but if it’s not coming from inside of you then it is impossible.
“I can remember when I was 18, 19, 20, some older players spoke to me but I put that as ‘Cristiano, you have to improve, they know more than you, they are more experienced than you, they passed through many bad moments’.
“But the other people do not accept that if you criticise them – I don’t say this generation of our players but in general, I have kids, I know. Sometimes if you be a little bit harder they do the opposite. You have to find the right balance to speak with them.
“But in my opinion, the main point is it should come from inside you. You should be proud of yourself and look in the mirror and say ‘Listen, I give everything’ and I think all of us should do that because new year, we change the page and we have many things to win.
“We have to believe in that, if not, it will be a nightmare.”
Ronaldo’s comments make for interesting reading when compared to remarks made by Jose Mourinho, discussing the Red Devils side he managed back in 2018.
“I had recently one of my players who I was just coaching them and when I coach on the pitch I like to feel free,” said Mourinho.
“Because I like to feel like I’m in a family and I am free to criticise anyone. One player said to me, and he was very polite not confrontational, but he said please when you want to criticise me can you do it in private.
“I asked why. And he said he didn’t feel comfortable being criticised in front of other players. Nowadays you have to be very smart in the way you read your players and their personalities and try to create the best situation.”
Mourinho went on to speak about Didier Drogba, who he managed at Chelsea, pointing out how previously he was able to spark a reaction from players when he came down hard on them.
“Drogba was the kind of player who, with more pressure from the manager there was more quality in his performance,” Mourinho said. “He’s a proper man, he’s a competitive guy, he’s a mature man he’s a man that everything in this life he has had to fight a lot for.
“There are some players that when you try to squeeze them they answer in the best way and then there are some players who have other mentalities and other personalities and of course, their reaction is not the best.
“I had players brought in, in a different way who have an easy social life and an easier way of coming to the top of football.
“Some of them, they don’t react in the same way. So I agree certain moments and certain declarations and some strong public words, some of them have risk.”