Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga says he understands Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism of the club’s younger players.
#1 WHAT HAPPENED?
Ronaldo criticized the upcoming generation for his lack of interest in playing alongside him, suggesting that he should be an example for them to follow and learn from: “They don’t care [about playing with me], some yes but most of them no.”
#3 WHAT THEY SAID
Elanga, 20, was not hurt by her teammates’ comments, talking to reporters: “Cristiano talks about young players in general. We are a new generation. I am always 100 per cent focused on what I am doing, but I can understand what he is saying. There are a lot of phones and a lot of technology. It’s quite easy for young players to get distracted and lose focus. I always focus 100 per cent on my job and what I do. Young players at United are listening, but I can understand what he is saying.”
#4 THE BIGGER PICTURE
Ronaldo’s comments came as part of a scathing interview in which he admitted he had no respect for coach Erik ten Hag and said he felt “betrayed” by the club.
#5 WHAT NEXT FOR RONALDO?
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will compete at the World Cup in Qatar with Portugal. After the tournament, he will likely be left out of United’s squad as reports suggest the club are considering canceling his contract following his criticism.