Gabriel Agbonlahor reveals Man Utd players who are intimidated by Cristiano Ronaldo

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As many as three Man Utd players are intimidated by Ronaldo's presence
As many as three Man Utd players are intimidated by Ronaldo's presence / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for his antics during Manchester United's disappointing draw against Newcastle United.

The Portuguese maestro was seen frustrated and angry at his teammates for not being able to provide him the service he needs to make an impact. Moreover, Ronaldo's own performance in the game too was nothing short of disappointing.

The former Real Madrid man has been sensational for United since his return back to the club, but the performance against Newcastle is easily his worst of the season and Agbonlahor highlighted that there were a lot of wrongs apart from his performance.

"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.

Speaking about Ronaldo's body language, Agbonlahor said, "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.

He added, "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?'"

Agbonlahor concluded, "He’s (Ronaldo is) 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."