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Man United Identified Unnamed Player Who Always Passed to Ronaldo to Receive Praise
- Cristiano Ronaldo's second spell at Manchester United ended on a sour note
- The club terminated his contract after he fell out with manager Erik ten Hag
- Ronaldo's return was also said to have overwhelmed his fellow teammates
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Premier League in 2021 did not go down as initially planned.
Manchester United had just finished second under Ole Gunner Solskjaer and after a decent summer of new arrivals, there was a growing sense of understanding that they could compete for the Premier League title.
Apart from Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho was roped in from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane arrived after a glittering spell with Real Madrid.
While Ronaldo had a splendid season individually, United ended the season in sixth with their lowest-ever point tally.
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Solskjaer was sacked mid-season after damaging defeats to Watford, Liverpool, and Manchester City. Ralf Rangnick was appointed on an interim basis, but he too could do nothing to stem the rot.
Ronaldo's impact on dressing room
It has always been up to debate why a team that was performing so well in the 2020/2021 season couldn't replicate such performances, especially with the arrival of a serial winner and proven goalscorer like Ronaldo.
As the Athletic reports, the squad might have been overwhelmed by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's presence in the dressing room. He is known to be a perfectionist.
From his gym routines to his constant desire to win, it looks like his attitude had a negative impact on the rest of the squad. In his final interview with Piers Morgan as a United player, he openly condemned the club's facilities.
More interestingly, video analysts observed there was a specific player who always tried to pass to Ronaldo to receive praise. This unnamed star's form dipped with the veteran's presence at the club given as part of the reason.
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Among the players who lost their form after Ronaldo arrived include Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire.
Ex-player slams Solskjaer, Maguire
Sports Brief also reported on former Man United defender, Marcos Rojo launching a scathing attack on Solskjaer and embattled captain, Maguire.
The Argentine centre-back plied his professional trade with the Red Devils between 2014 and 2021 but was rarely used in his time at Old Trafford.
In a no-holds-barred interview, the combative Rojo claimed Solskjaer had told him Maguire had to play every week despite his high-profile errors.