Cristiano Ronaldo won't be the only unhappy player at Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be the only unhappy player at Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand told his  FIVE YouTube channel that he believes Ronaldo’s family problems excuse for missing training is legitimate, and has not been communicated well by the club.

He said: “Yeah he might want to leave, he might not be happy with certain things at the football club, but in terms of professionalism, this guy is training where he is – we’ve seen the pictures.

“His family are there, he needs to be where they are and you have to respect that. Simple as. Could it have been communicated better by the club? Probably.”

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Ronaldo won’t be the only unhappy player

Ferdinand says Ronaldo will be hugely frustrated at United’s lack of transfer business this summer, with left-back Tyrell Malacia the only confirmed signing.

He says Ronaldo’s unhappiness stems from how uncompetitive United were last season and that steps have not been taken to address it this summer.

He explained: “He’ll be thinking “when is my team going to start making moves?”. We all know we need some new faces in that building. He hasn’t seen any movement. ‘I understand the frustrations. I definitely would be frustrated.

“I as a player was on to the manager, on to David Gill [asking] who are we signing? That’s the way I was. I’m sure that’s what Cristiano is like and other players will be like that as well. He’s the biggest name but he won’t be the only one who’s disgruntled with the way things are. 

“We’re slow out of the blocks in the transfer market. There will have been work going on behind the scenes at Man United but we’re all human, we’re all impatient and we all want it done.”

Ferdinand referenced big deals done by City for Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips, and Liverpool’s deal for Darwin Nunez, as how two top teams are getting further away from United.

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Teammates unlikely to show frustration in the same way

Ronaldo has the stature and winners’ medals to express frustration and demand a move if he is not happy. His frustration is understandable.

David de Gea is probably a teammate who feels similarly, who is desperate to win, but he is unlikely to pursue an exit, he wants to stay and fight for the club.

Ronaldo though, knows his time is running out at the top level, and is anxious not to experience another chastening season like the one he just had.

New boss Erik ten Hag has given the club a huge positive boost, and the Dutchman will be determined to keep the mood upbeat.

Malacia won’t be the only signing, Christian Eriksen is set to join him, and the club are chasing Lisandro Martinez, Antony, and Frenkie de Jong.

Whether the club can get all of them over the line, is one question. The second is whether these will be anywhere near enough to make United competitive again. Without Ronaldo it will certainly be a lot tougher.

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