“He wasn’t too happy with that” – How Manchester United midfielder upset Ronaldo

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo with Bruno Fernandes in the Europa League.

Cristiano Ronaldo shared free-kick duties with Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen at Manchester United Reuters/Peter Cziborra.

It seems difficult to imagine that this season started with Cristiano Ronaldo still a Manchester United player. As the campaign draws to a close, the Portuguese superstar now plies his trade for Al-Nassr.

The Red Devils back in England certainly look like a more confident and cohesive unit bereft of the club legend. It was well-documented that the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward did not do wonders to morale in the dressing room and more often than not was at the heart of numerous ego clashes.

Now, Christian Eriksen has revealed just one of the things which used to upset CR7.

Speaking to the club about the go-to free-kick taking technique, Eriksen has revealed an interesting tidbit.

It appears that Ronaldo, at least on one occasion, was visibly upset that the Danish midfielder decided to take the spot kick and deny the specialist his chance at goal. Supporters of the superstar will know that his picturesque free-kick techniques are something of a cult favourite.

However, the reality also shows that over the last three or four campaigns, Ronaldo’s success rate at converting free kicks has plummeted drastically.

Eriksen did not mince words whilst revealing the conflict, stating: “I did take one [instead of Ronaldo], I think, but he wasn’t too happy with that!”

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The former Tottenham Hotspur player went on to reveal that post-Ronaldo, the two or three regular free-kick takers now have a pretty transparent and clear policy of understanding between them.

Having said that, United have still struggled at converting free-kicks and corners all season, and this set-piece dilemma is one that Erik ten Hag will be keen on solving heading into the next season. Perhaps purchasing another specialist will do the trick?