With the press having open season to exaggerate or create tales about Manchester United’s fractured dressing room, partly thanks to Luke Shaw’s interview, it is worth remembering there are always two sides to every story.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been cast as the catalyst for Manchester United’s implosion, rightly or wrongly.

Former players with no connection to the club are driving the media narrative, with Chris Sutton telling The Mail that Ronaldo’s ego is holding United back as he does not want to press, while Gabby Agbonhalor says via the same outlet that Ronaldo should be sold in the summer as he is hampering the development of young stars.

These are easy, glib statements to make from the outside. Whether the criticism is fair on Ronaldo is another matter, as frankly, the team would have been eliminated from the Champions League already without him.

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Ronaldo: Not a monster

An interview this week with Juventus youngster Radu Dragusin shows Ronaldo in a completely different light to the one the media are working hard to portray.

Dragusin, currently on loan with Sampdoria, only had kind words to say about Manchester United’s number 7.

He was quoted by O Jogo: “He was a colleague we all respected. He never looked at us with arrogance.

“You could talk to him about everything. He was very accessible.”

Hold on. This isn’t the crazed egomaniac the media are claiming is single-handedly destroying a dressing room, surely?

If anything, Manchester United’s problems pre-dated Ronaldo, and he has simply shone a spotlight on them.

This United squad was not good enough to win a league title. Ronaldo has only increased the pressure, and those around him have cracked because they cannot bear the heat.

Rather than throw Ronaldo out and start again, surely it would be a better idea to throw the spare parts out, and surround him with genuine stars and winners?

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Manchester United’s midfield is quite simply not up to scratch, and this is exposed on a weakly basis. We head into a four game stretch against Aston Villa (twice), Brentford and West Ham, and it is impossible to confidently say United will win any of those games easily. Expect a battle.

United’s players need to be up for the fight. Ronaldo will be. If United’s players can park their own egos for a moment, they might see Ronaldo is actually on their side too. He simply wants to win.

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