Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United because he was frustrated that his teammates were not performing to his standards, according to former United coach Michael Phelan.
Ronaldo’s departure from the club came after he was released from his contract ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He wrote a romanticized return to United from Juventus in 2021, but the relationship fell apart after just one season. In his first season back, he was the team’s top scorer with 18 goals and three assists in 30 English Premier League (EPL) appearances, but the following season he didn’t get much playing time, scoring just one goal. He also reportedly had a falling out with United players, including head coach Eric Tenhagh.토토사이트
Former coach Phelan recently told ‘Sky Sports’ that one of the reasons Ronaldo left United was due to frustration. Phelan previously coached United during their glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson. He returned to United in 2018 to assist Mourinho, but hasn’t coached since the appointment of Van Gaal.
“In the second season, he was older and more stubborn. “He was older, he was more stubborn, he was strong-willed, but he still had incredibly high standards, and I liked that. He didn’t want to lower his standards, he wanted to raise the standards of others, and that’s how you lose some people along the way.”
“I remember when he was pushing. “I remember when he was pushing, but he wasn’t getting much response and he was frustrated,” he says. “When you’re dealing with top players, it’s about where they can finish and where they can go. They want to look back and say, ‘Wow, I made it. Ronaldo probably realized he couldn’t do that at United. So his challenge was elsewhere,” he adds.
Taken together, the story is that Ronaldo’s high standards were not met by other players, and he left the team for a new challenge. On the pitch, however, Ronaldo’s form hasn’t been the same since. At the World Cup, he was relegated to the bench after failing to make an impact, and then moved to Saudi Arabia. He scored 14 goals for the Saudis, but the difference in league level must be taken into account.
His impact on the national team hasn’t been the same. In his first match for the national team in September, he played the full game against Slovakia and didn’t score. Portugal, who were without Ronaldo for the rest of the tournament, went on to win their next game against Luxembourg by a record 9-0 scoreline.