Man Utd face a new crisis – but Cristiano Ronaldo has already insisted that players must take the ‘blame’ and find a solution to their Premier League problems this season
Manchester United are again a club in crisis at the start of 2022 with interim manager Ralf Rangnick facing the dressing room divisions.
The Mirror understands Rangnick is fighting to unite the team after Monday’s stinging loss to Wolves, as he faces many of the same issues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced.
Up to 11 players are believed to want to leave the club after being disillusioned at United while many stars are disappointed with Rangnick’s coaching and tactics.
“It’s not good,” a source said. “The atmosphere is really bad and it looks like there will be some big problems ahead for United.”
It is not the first time this season that Manchester United have found themselves in crisis.
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A 1-0 loss to Wolves, in which substitute captain Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly frustrated full-time, is nowhere near on par with their humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool in October.
Following this alarming loss to their rivals, Ronaldo has given an indication of how he will react to the crisis United face this season.
Despite the pressure on the manager, during Solskjaer’s time, the Portuguese superstar insisted that “there is no one else to blame” but themselves.
And those words will ring true again in the face of a new crisis, but with a new manager at the helm.
“Sometimes the result is not what we are fighting for,” Ronaldo posted on social media after being beaten by Liverpool. “Sometimes the score is not what you want.
“And it’s up to us, only us, because there’s no one else to blame. Our fans were, once again, amazing in their continued support.
“They deserve better than this, much better, and it’s up to us to hold on. It is now!”
Ronaldo echoed those sentiments in his New Years message to Manchester United fans, admitting he was “not happy” with the current situation.
He has vowed to “work harder” and “play better” in an effort to rally his teammates and bring the club back to its former glory.
“2021 is drawing to a close and it has been far from an easy year, despite my 47 goals in all competitions,” Ronaldo wrote.
“And of course my return to Old Trafford will always be one of the most iconic moments of my career,” he continued.
“But I’m not happy with what we’re doing at Man. United. None of us are happy, I’m sure. We know we need to work harder, play better and deliver a lot more than we currently do.
“Let’s make this New Years Eve a turning point in the season! Let’s embrace 2022 with a higher spirit and stronger mindset. Let’s take ourselves beyond, aim for the stars and put this club in its place! let’s count on you all!
Although Ronaldo has not planned for the start of 2022, his messages give a clear indication of how he will continue to approach the problems facing United in a bid to overcome their final slump.