Cristiano Ronaldo has to 'change his mindset' at Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand

Cristiano Ronaldo has to ‘change his mindset’ to make the best of staying at Manchester United, says former teammate Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand told FIVE he met with Ronaldo last week, and while he did not disclose their discussion, he did have some public advice for the Red Devils’ top goalscorer.

He believes Ronaldo has to adjust to what Manchester United are, to avoid the frustration boiling over at the thought of what the club are not.

Ronaldo has picked up eight bookings in the Premier League this season, having received nine yellow cards in three seasons in Serie A.

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‘Change his mindset’

Ferdinand explained: “He’s committed to what hes doing at Manchester United. Hes always been known for winning, every team hes been at is challenging for all the top honours.

“He’s going to have to change his mindset and leave a different kind of legacy at his career with Manchester United.

“Its about working out what that’s going to be, helping the next manager integrating with the new team and new environment.

“Helping with the young players and new players, to be that experienced player that is the shoulder to lean on.

“Maybe shift his attention from the glory and the trophies to having that human impact at the football club. That’s a bit different to what he’s done before, because he’s been trophy led all the time.”

Not the United Ronaldo remembered

The 2022 version of Manchester United is not the one Cristiano Ronaldo remembered, nor is it the one he thought he was signing up for.

United finished in second place last season, and when he signed last summer he hoped to help the team push for the title.

Dropping out of the top four, and even scrambling to land a Europa League place, would not even have been on Ronaldo’s radar.

But as Ferdinand points out, Ronaldo has to make peace with the reality of the situation, and try to drive Manchester United on, without being resentful to the club’s struggles.

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It is suggested Ronaldo must learn to take new satisfaction from the teaching element of being a senior player, and comments today from 18-year-old forward Joe Hugill who talked about how he enjoyed training with Ronaldo, show how he is adapting to that.

Ronaldo can still push to try and win a trophy next season, a cup competition should still be achievable. But as Ferdinand points out, it does not have to be the sole factor for playing.

That’s tough for a player like Ronaldo who has been so trophy-driven. It is part of what has made him the unprecedented success he is. With the World Cup on the horizon, he won’t be completely toning down his inherent will to win, he can just start to try and find enjoyments and fulfillment in other ways too.

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