Manchester United have started their Premier League campaign with two straight defeats under Erik ten Hag, who is fighting incompetence from top to bottom.
“Naïve” United players were outran and outplayed by Brentford in their 4-0 humbling in London, leading to Ten Hag putting the Red Devils through an extra training session on Monday at Carrington.
The lack of effort from some players is not only leading to poor results, but is now starting to affect the atmosphere at Carrington.
In particular, the behaviour of one of the club’s most senior stars is making things difficult for a manager who’s already dealing with an abysmal business from the United hierarchy in the transfer market.
As per The Times, Ten Hag’s coaching staff, and players within the United squad, are growing increasingly frustrated with the conduct of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Like many of his teammates, the 37-year-old didn’t offer anything on the pitch at Brentford, and also refused to acknowledge travelling supporters at the Community stadium.
Ronaldo doesn’t want to stay at the club, and would prefer to play in the Champions League elsewhere. Ten Hag also might do with less drama in the dressing room. But it’s understood that the Glazer family may be reluctant to sanction an exit for a player who they see as “the one global star” at Old Trafford.