Cristiano Ronaldo gives warning to Manchester United youngsters about their mindset
Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a warning to the Manchester United youngsters that they need to work on their mindset for the greater benefit of the team. He highlighted that the players need to have the right mentality to help the club get out of its current plight.
Cristiano is known for the winning mentality that he carries around at all times while demanding his teammates to do the same. He advocated the need for the upcoming youngsters to listen to their seniors and better themselves based on their experience.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports (h/t The Irish Post), Ronaldo conveyed that the new generation cannot handle genuine criticism and cautioned them to change their way of thinking. He added that if they carry on with that mindset, then they have to “do their job” and assist the team through self-reflection.
“I remember when I was 18 some older players spoke with me and I took that as having to improve, they know more than me as they have more bad moments. This new generation in general don’t accept that if you criticize them. I’m here to help. When they need my support and advice, I will be the number one to help. If you don’t want my help and my advice, do your job, look at yourself. Do your best to help the team.”
The 36-year-old gave his opinion in general to all the youngsters in modern football, but that also includes the boys at Carrington. It’s natural to wonder if these comments have arisen due to something that has happened in the dressing room.
Supposedly, the Portugal international and Mason Greenwood do not see eye to eye and have clashed because of their difference in opinion. It is unsure whether the interview was directed at Greenwood or not, but one cannot overlook it, if the claims of a disagreement between the two forwards are true.
Apparently, the Ballon d’Or winner was displeased with the English starlet’s tendency to shoot instead of teeing up his teammates who are in a better position. If that is to be believed, then the veteran star’s comments will at least have some context to it.
But in all honesty, CR7 isn’t regarded as the most unselfish player himself. It is, of course, important to pay heed to what a senior player has to say but Ronaldo doesn’t have the captain’s armband and is only one of the XI on the pitch.
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It is all about finding balance. Surely United players respect Ronaldo for what he has achieved and would be eager to learn from him. But he has to start trusting his teammates as well. Let us hope nothing more is made of this interview and it serves the purpose of firing up the team to achieve a top-three finish this season, rather than get misinterpreted to create divisions in the dressing room.