Rio Ferdinand believes Cristiano Ronaldo will probably be ‘upset’ and ‘irritated’ at Manchester United amid the membership’s ongoing struggles this season.
Ronaldo netted a shocking hat-trick in Man United’s pulsating victory over Tottenham on the weekend however his triumphant return to Outdated Trafford has typically not gone to plan.
Ronaldo grew to become the best goalscorer within the historical past of soccer on the weekendGettyFerdinand performed alongside Ronaldo between 2003 and 2009getty
The Crimson Devils are locked in an uphill battle to make high 4, relatively than competing for the Premier League title.
And Ferdinand, Ronaldo’s former teammate at United, insists the Portugal legend will take the membership’s dangerous kind personally.
Talking solely to talkSPORT.com earlier than the super treble agaisnt Tottenham, the ex-England defender stated: “He received’t be blissful. 100 per cent. I do know that for a reality. He’s not successful.
“While you’re not successful, as an expert that’s what you’re there to do. He’s constructed to win.
“He’s received all his profession so he undoubtedly received’t be blissful.”
Ferdinand added: “It undoubtedly would wind him up.
It was felt the signing of Ronaldo may see Man United mount a title bid. They won’t even qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League nowAFP
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“He can be upset with not successful, he’d be upset with not competing, and he’d be upset with not having a very good run at successful the league. That’s all he’s recognized.
“He’ll take that personally and not using a shadow of a doubt.”
Ferdinand and Ronaldo had been each a part of a glittering period at United below Sir Alex Ferguson, topping the desk as a rule.
The previous centre-back, who starred alongside fierce leaders like Roy Keane, believes the present squad ought to have a look at Liverpool in terms of character.
“They lack a bunch of characters,” he stated. “It’s not one character who will change this. You want a bunch of characters and personalities that might drive the tradition of the membership. I feel that’s what’s missing.
“It’s laborious as an ex-Man United participant and somebody who helps the membership, however you have a look at a membership like Liverpool, the 2 gamers who’ve been essentially the most pivotal in driving the tradition of the membership are Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
Ferdinand believes Liverpool have the precise characters within the dressing roomGETTY
“You wouldn’t say they’re within the high three gamers by way of uncooked means. However what they provide you by way of character, character, dedication, drive, work-ethic, requirements – it makes up for it in spades.
“You want individuals like that. That’s what helped my groups. We had a bunch of individuals like that.”
United are anticipated to nominate a brand new supervisor this summer time and the membership are regarded as planning vital switch enterprise.
However Ferdinand is much less bothered about personnel and extra fascinated by character.
He added: “I wouldn’t prioritise names, I’d prioritise characters. Who’s the precise character? Over expertise and skill, I need characters.
“I’m not taking a look at United successful the league for the following couple of years. I’d be trying to get the precise tradition on the membership.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino may quickly grow to be obtainable amid hyperlinks to Man UnitedGetty
“I feel the tradition is the overriding factor. A supervisor who can implement that and assist push that’s what you want, as a result of they steer the ship.
“Somebody with an enormous character, who can management individuals and get individuals behind them, who that’s? I don’t know.”
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