Cristiano Ronaldo's criticism has worked before at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a blunt verdict on Manchester United’s situation with a rallying cry for the team to improve.

Defending the team’s inconsistent performances under Ralf Rangnick, Ronaldo told Sky Sports he wants his teammates to adopt a winning mentality and drag themselves up towards his level.

He told Sky Sports: “I don’t accept that our mentality be less than being in the top three in the Premier League.”I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things. So why not – new year, new life and I hope that Manchester (United) can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.”

Ronaldo added he is looking to end the season with a trophy, with United still in the Champions League and FA Cup.

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Ronaldo demands success

Ronaldo is one of the most successful footballers of all time and he has clearly been taken aback what he has found upon his return to Old Trafford.

He is attempting to fire up his teammates and inspire them, and this has been proven to have worked in the past.

Back in 2016, Ronaldo launched a controversial broadside at several of his Real Madrid teammates when they were trailing in the La Liga table.

Ronaldo was quoted by “If everyone was as good as me, maybe we would be first. I do not want to belittle anyone but when they are not the best it is difficult to win. I like to play with Karim, Bale and Marcelo.

“I do not mean that Jese, Lucas, and Kovacic are not good, they are very good, but to win a competition you need the best and that has been our main problem this year.

Just months later, Ronaldo and Real Madrid were celebrating winning the Champions League after beating Atletico on penalties in the final.

Lucas Vasquez, one of the players picked out by Ronaldo for ‘not being at his level’ was among the Real players who stepped up and scored in the shootout, showing the bravery to step up and take the very first one, while the number 7 went on to score the decisive spot-kick.

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Winning the Champions League will be a tough ask for Manchester United this season, especially without new midfield additions, but the club still have a chance when Cristiano Ronaldo is in the line-up. The FA Cup is a more realistic possibility, but he needs his teammates to respond positively.

Ronaldo likes to be surrounded by winners, and there are champions in the squad, with David de Gea, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, with the latter famously winning the World Cup with France. A strong mentality is needed, as simply turning up is not enough. Ronaldo will be hoping his words have a galvanising effect, just like they did in 2016.

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