Cristiano Ronaldo called Harry Maguire (left) part of the problem and wanted him to be dropped

Cristiano Ronaldo asked for captain Harry Maguire to be demoted to Man United last season

REVEALED: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘demanded captain Harry Maguire be demoted and said he was ‘part of the problem” at Man United – but was slapped for being ‘inappropriate’ by Ralf Rangnick

  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has so far not gone to plan
  • Reports have emerged of clashes with Ralf Rangnick last season
  • The Portuguese star wanted Harry Maguire dropped for his poor performances
  • Ronaldo also wanted to play in a two-forward formation with Edinson Cavani

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘called for the quitting of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire’ last season as the dressing room turned toxic and results plummeted.

Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford did not go to plan and tensions frayed last season as the club limped to a sixth-place finish.

And details have emerged regarding the Portuguese striker’s demands, from squad selection to line-up adjustments.

Cristiano Ronaldo called Harry Maguire (left) part of the problem and wanted him to be dropped

Ralf Rangnick told players who confronted him that their conversation was

Ralf Rangnick told players who confronted him their conversation was ‘inappropriate’

According to Athletic, Ronaldo was among a group of players who moved up to Rangnick at Carrington in February this year.

Among them were Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, but Ronaldo’s message clearly got through when he said: ‘Maguire is part of the problem’.

A few players in the group later apologized to the caretaker boss, who left the club in the summer.

Rangnick reportedly told players, including Ronaldo, that it was “inappropriate” to talk about Maguire when the player himself was not present.

Ronaldo also had his sights set on the formation of the team and during the impromptu meeting he explained to the manager in no uncertain terms how he wanted them to settle down.

Ronaldo and Maguire have both been benched for United's last two games

Ronaldo and Maguire have both been benched for United’s last two games

Paul Pogba was among those who approached Rangnick

Raphaël Varane was also part of the group

Paul Pogba (left) and Raphael Varane (right) were among the group to approach Rangnick

The 37-year-old wanted to play alongside Edinson Cavani up front but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

The report helps shed light on the summer of discontent at Old Trafford – which was largely overshadowed by pressure from Ronaldo to leave.

It now seems inevitable that the striker will stay at the club given the lack of interested parties who can afford his wages.

United’s best performance of the season so far came against Liverpool in their 2-1 home win when Ronaldo was dropped to the bench and they backed him up by beating Southampton away, again with Ronaldo among the substitutes.

Ronaldo's body language has been called into question, especially in the Brentford defeat

Ronaldo’s body language has been called into question, especially in the Brentford defeat

Ironically, Maguire, who Ronaldo has called out to be dropped, was also absent from the squad during their recent comeback.

Erik ten Hag is trying to put his stamp on the United team but risks Ronaldo’s influence in the team being corrosive if he continues to be benched.

Rio Ferdinand recently opined on his own Vibe with Five podcast: “Whether he stays or not, none of us know. But knowing Cristiano [Ronaldo]I know for a fact that he will be absolutely furious right now.

‘Forget who begins before him, [that] it does not start. You can’t do what he’s done in his career over that incredible period at the levels he’s played being someone who’s going to accept not starting and being a substitute for a team that doesn’t. is not in the Champions League.

‘Whatever anyone says about running, pressing, etc., it will just sit there. “I scored 24 goals last season. The hardest thing to do in football is to put the ball in the back of the net and I did that 24 times last year.”‘

Ronaldo came off the bench against Southampton and his presence looms large in the squad

Ronaldo came off the bench against Southampton and his presence looms large in the squad

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Cristiano Ronaldo asked for captain Harry Maguire to be demoted to Man United last season

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