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Cristiano Ronaldo's relationship with Ralf Rangnick is " totally fractured"

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ralf Rangnick's relationship is completely fractured, according to reports
Cristiano Ronaldo and Ralf Rangnick's relationship is completely fractured, according to reports / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Key Summary:

1. Reports have claimed that Ronaldo and Rangnick's relationship is totally fractured.

2. The forward is reportedly not convinced that Rangnick is good enough to manage United.

3. Rangnick has critised Ronaldo for not scoring in recent weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ralf Rangnick's relationship is completely fractured as the pair continue to clash at Manchester United.

Rangnick was appointed as interim boss following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking but has failed to turn around United's fortunes this season, with the Red Devils finding themselves desperately trying to get into the Champions League spots.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Rangnick isn't backed by the squad's 'leading heavyweight players', notably, Ronaldo.

As United continue to struggle in the Premier League, the relationship between the pair is said to have deteriorated, with Rangnick criticising Ronaldo for not performing in front of goal in recent weeks.

The 37-year-old has gone five games without a goal and the interim boss is reportedly unhappy with his performance.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo believes Rangnick isn't the man to lead United and is out of his depth at Old Trafford.

The report also claims that the pair butted heads last week when Rangnick accused Ronaldo of not performing in front of goal.

When asked about the players' apparent unhappiness, United legend Gary Neville said he had little to no sympathy.

"I remember when I joined Sky and we had the Champions League in the early years, and I went over to Napoli to do a game involving Chelsea," he told listeners of his podcast. "It was when Andre Villas-Boas was their manager and he left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Ashley Cole – four or five prominent players.

"I remember sitting there at lunchtime with our team and they were getting messages of team news being leaked and the manager being slagged off, and I sat there thinking "does this actually happen"?

"Players agents and PR teams were briefing the media on a matchday about what was going on inside a club, and it was the first time I had seen it and known for it to happen – it really unnerved me.

"That is happening at Manchester United now – they are at it, the PR teams, the agents and the marketing teams, as a self-preservation for their own player.

'But what they do not realise is that unfortunately, when they go to the media then those media people go to us – so we know who is briefing. The reality is that we do not like it, but we know who it is."