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Arsenal icon Emmanuel Petit has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of “polluting” the Manchester United dressing room with his “oversized ego”.
The former World Cup winner has voiced his support for Erik ten Hag after the Dutchman stood up to Ronaldo’s misconduct by banishing him to the reserves. Ronaldo, 37, sparked the fury of the United manager when he refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham and stormed down the tunnel before the match ended.
And Petit is adamant that Ten Hag made the right call due to the Portugal captain no longer being the same world class player he once was.
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Petit said on France's Rothen S’enflamme show: "He [Ronaldo] tires everyone: the supporters, his teammates… They don’t want him any more in the locker room, he pollutes everyone so much.
"He has an exceptional career, when he stops we will all be unanimous in saying it, but his behaviour is so individualistic. His message on social media.
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"You know you don’t like what’s going on with your club, you can’t stand your coach Ten Hag any more, you feel like you are disrespected for what you have done, but your status no longer exists!
"You are no longer the same player, you have been demoted, you have suffered a downgrade, but you do not accept it because your ego is so oversized. Say it real! It can’t be defensible."
Ronaldo finished as the club’s top goal-scorer last season with 24 goals in 39 games across all competitions. But the Red Devils’ failure to challenge for silverware and claim a top four spot resulted in the legend unsuccessfully seeking a move elsewhere in the summer.
Yet despite his transgression seeing him dropped for the 1-1 draw at Chelsea, the forward was welcomed back into the United first team squad. He was present in Sunday’s training session and could even start when United take on FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday night.
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