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Manchester United: Three stars are 'scared' of Cristiano Ronaldo, pundit claims

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Gabriel Agbonlahor suggests Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho are INTIMIDATED by Cristiano Ronaldo as pundit calls for Ralf Rangnick to DROP Manchester United star after Newcastle draw

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor says three United stars are intimidated by Cristiano Ronaldo 
  • The Red Devils put in a lacklustre performance to draw 1-1 with Newcastle  
  • Ronaldo’s antics have been singled out amid accusations of being a ‘whingebag’
  • And Agbonlahor claims that Ronaldo is intimidating his United team-mates 
  • The ex-Aston Villa star called on Ralf Rangnick to drop the Portuguese superstar 


Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested that three Manchester United stars are ‘scared’ of Cristiano Ronaldo after the pundit hit out at the Portuguese’s ‘sulking’ during the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw at Newcastle. 

United provided a lacklustre performance at St James’ Park on Monday night, with Ronaldo, 36, unable to find a winner as Ralf Rangnick’s side settled for a point on Tyneside.

Former United legend Gary Neville claimed that the Red Devils’ dressing room contained ‘whingebags’ and questioned the body language of the likes of Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that three Man United stars are 'scared' of Cristiano Ronaldo

Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that three Man United stars are ‘scared’ of Cristiano Ronaldo

And now former Aston Villa star Agbonlahor has suggested that Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho are intimidated by the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo has scored a superb 13 goals in 18 games for United, but his single-minded approach to goal scoring, Agbonlahor suggests, is having a negative effect on United’s young guns. 

‘It looks to me like Ronaldo just cares about his goals,’ Agbonlahor told Football Insider. ‘That performance from Ronaldo was somebody sulking all game.

‘He was throwing his hands up in the air because he wasn’t getting chances. Then after the game, he runs off the pitch sulking and I imagine he’s sulking in the changing room.

The Portuguese was criticised for 'sulking' during and after United's 1-1 draw at Newcastle

The Portuguese was criticised for ‘sulking’ during and after United’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle

Ronaldo, 36, has scored 13 goals in 18 games since his return to Old Trafford last summer

Ronaldo, 36, has scored 13 goals in 18 games since his return to Old Trafford last summer

‘His attitude was off. If I’m Rashford, Greenwood and Sancho I’m scared to have a shot. Every time they have a shot he’s got his arms up to say, “Why haven’t you passed to me?”

‘The harmony is not right in that changing room. The form of Rashford and Greenwood has dropped since Ronaldo has been there.

‘They can’t express themselves, it’s like they think, “I have to pass to Ronaldo, I have to create a chance for Ronaldo”.

‘Before Ronaldo came, Greenwood was taking players on and shots on and he’s not doing that anymore and getting dragged at half-time.

‘If I was Rashford, Greenwood or Sancho I’d be saying to myself, “Oh, why did we have to bring him here?”’

However, Agbonlahor claims Mason Greenwood (above), Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are intimidated by Ronaldo's goal scoring ambitions

However, Agbonlahor claims Mason Greenwood (above), Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are intimidated by Ronaldo’s goal scoring ambitions

The ex-Aston Villa star called on United's interim boss Ralf Rangnick to drop him for Burnley

The ex-Aston Villa star called on United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick to drop him for Burnley

Agbonlahor suggested that the best solution is for Rangnick to drop Ronaldo, and insisted that if the German ‘had anything about him’ he would play the youngsters over the Portuguese veteran. 

‘He’s an amazing player who has had an amazing career but he’s not the same player he was. United played their best football of the season against Chelsea with Ronaldo on the bench.

‘Rashford, Greenwood and Sancho can play as a front three rotating positions and running in behind. If the manager had anything about him, he’d drop Ronaldo for the next game.’

United will hope to bounce back against Burnley on Thursday night with Rangnick’s side now seven points adrift of fourth, currently occupied by Arsenal.  

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