Cristiano Ronaldo, the star of Manchester United, is said to be enraged after being kept out of the team’s match against Manchester City at the weekend.
According to the Sun, the Portugal international’s future at Manchester United is now in jeopardy as his agent Jorge Mendes desperately tries to calm him down following his outburst over Ralf Rangnick’s tactical decision for the Manchester Derby, which he found offensive.
In spite of reports of Ronaldo’s ailment, the report states that he was slated to be benched for the match at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, with manager Michael Rangnick advising him that he planned to use him as an impact sub.
According to the Sun, Ronaldo was not pleased with this and pulled out of the game, with Mendes now appearing fighting a lost battle to persuade the player to stay at Old Trafford.
It goes without saying that Rangnick needs to keep this team together and focused on the increasingly difficult task of finishing in the top four, so this is far from ideal for United at this time.
After leaving United for Juventus in the summer of 2016, Ronaldo returned to the club, but he will no doubt have discovered that the club is in a much different state than it was during his first spell under Sir Alex Ferguson.