Piers Morgan has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘sick and tired’ of the culture at Manchester United following ‘a lot of chats’ with the star.
The 37-year-old is all over the back pages after signalling his intentions to leave the Red Devils this summer as he goes in search of Champions League football next summer.
Morgan believes that Ronaldo is frustrated at Old Trafford with Man United managing just a sixth placed Premier League finish
While clubs such as Chelsea have been linked, Ronaldo’s future remains unclear after missing training this week, leading to speculation that he might miss the club’s pre-season trip to Thailand and Australia this week.
Ronaldo’s situation needs clarity, but according to Talk TV’s Morgan, it’s his frustration at the lack of hunger within the playing squad that has left him feeling frustrated.
Speaking on Drive, Morgan said: “I’ve had a lot of chats with him about this and I know that his frustration has been boiling and boiling and boiling throughout the year.
“Remember, he came to Manchester United again because he believed that he could win things with them and believed that he was going to be a missing cog in the wheel and they’d not only qualify for the Champions League, but that they might even win the league.
“I think he was incredibly disappointed by the general level of dedication, hard graft, enthusiasm and will to win, not to mention the hunger of that Man United squad. Particularly some of the younger players.
“He gave quite a cryptic interview at the start of the year when he said that when he was a teenager at United he was constantly asking advice from Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand – all of these older, brilliant players who were there.
“He was soaking up the advice but I got the impression from the interview that he gave that he’s not been getting that at United. They don’t really want to hear it.
“When you look at those younger United players, there’s a lot of talent there but do they have anything like the drive needed, which comes from within, as Ronaldo says.
“He ended up scoring 24 goals last season, 18 in the league, second behind Son and Salah. He scored one more league goal than Harry Kane who is nearly 10 years younger than him.
“This guy is supposedly supposed to be the problem at Manchester United. He’s not the problem, and he’s going to leave, I think, because he’s absolutely sick and tired of having to carry that squad.”