Man Utd ‘in leadership struggle between Maguire and Ronaldo while new canteen layout raises fears over cliques’

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According to reports, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United has left Harry Maguire more depressed.

Gary Neville recently hinted at a leadership conflict between the pair, while the new canteen design in Carrington is said to have raised concerns over squad factions and low morale.

Harry Maguire has reportedly been more suppressed since Cristiano Ronaldo's return, leading to a 'leadership struggle' at Man Utd.

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Harry Maguire has reportedly been more suppressed since Cristiano Ronaldo’s return, leading to a ‘leadership struggle’ at Man Utd.credits: PA
Reportedly, Ralph Rangnick also has issues dealing with low morale and squad factions.

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Reportedly, Ralph Rangnick also has issues dealing with low morale and squad factions.credit: Rex

New boss Ralph Rangnick has the daunting task of resolving the turmoil of the dressing room left behind by the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

According to the Mail, the Ronaldo-Maguire situation is one of several inter-squad issues the German has to face.

United last had the privilege of a 1–1 draw over relegation candidate Newcastle, coming just days after Prem Cannon’s 1–0 win over Norwich.

Ragnik criticized the body language of his players after the Canaries game, while Neville took aim at almost every star at his former club after the St James’ Park flop.

Edinson Cavani saved a point with a second-half equalizer to cancel Alan Saint-Maximin’s opening opener and Ronaldo drove off the pitch at the final whistle without acknowledging the distant fans.

As well as criticizing the superstar for his actions, Neville also hinted at a leadership struggle.


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Club captain Maguire is said to have been more reserved since Ronnie’s return in the summer and the leadership lines have reportedly blurred with the iconic Portuguese on the scene.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg, with discontent and resentment raging among many squad members.

The mood at Carrington has been described as ‘very low’, with existing factions within the squad reinforced by the new canteen design.

Six four-seater seating booths have been installed that discourage squads from sitting together and make it easier for small established groups to keep to themselves.

Some members of the squad are said to be struggling to adapt to Rangnik’s post-training sessions, in which the players will go away at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Star Anthony Martial is just one of the players – alongside Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailey and Donny van de Beek – who is said to be less than happy around the club at the moment.

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Neville said on Monday, “Something is not right there.

“There’s definitely screaming. They’re all at each other.

“The feeling of the dressing room is really important and I don’t think they all have each other at the moment.”

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