'Ronaldo made Utd stars feel inferior'

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A Manchester United legend has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the club has made some of his teammates feel "inferior".

The Portuguese forward has had an eventful second homecoming at Old Trafford, which saw him top the Red Devils'  scoring chart with 24 goals in an underwhelming 2021/22 campaign for the club.  

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There have also been reports suggesting that the 37-year-old's influence at the Theatre of Dreams has not always been a positive one, while Liverpool icon John Barnes recently stated that the 13-time English champions would be better off without him in their ranks.

Now, ex-Red Devils captain Gary Neville has admitted he believes his former teammate's return has affected Edinson Cavani, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes' performances on the pitch.

"I think at the start of the season, he created a problem straight away with Cavani," Neville said on Sky Sports' The Overlap. 

"[Cavani was] being pleaded to stay and lead the attack for the year, but when they signed Ronaldo, Cavani was shot then and finished.

"It upset the dynamic in the dressing room for Bruno. I think Bruno looks up to him like a godfather in Portugal so it made him feel a bit inferior to what he was before.

"It made Maguire a little bit inferior as captain just naturally – nothing from Ronaldo's doing, this. Just his presence itself on the pitch means everyone's looking to Cristiano with Harry trying to establish himself as United captain. 

"I don't know where the cliques are, I'm not close enough to it, but you mention words like 'rotten', 'broken'. 

"Harry Maguire has gone from someone who I think was growing on the pitch last year in Covid to someone who looks like he's shot to pieces when he pulls on a red shirt. 

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"Bruno looks like half the player. 

"The rest of them, the young players, it looks like you've lost complete faith in them, let's get rid of them. 

"That's when something has gone fundamentally wrong in the changing room, in the leadership, and I don't think you can absolve anyone of blame. Everyone has to take blame for that." 

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