November 10, 2021 || 8:08 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo is right to be alarmed by Man United’s form – they’ve changed a lot in 12 years.

JOE BERNSTEIN: With a tired training ground, inexperienced coaches and a HUGE gulf in player quality, Ronaldo is right to be ‘alarmed’ at the Man United of 2021… during his 12 years away they have fallen way behind on and off the pitch.

 

 

During one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s 20 defeats at Old Trafford, the opposition dug-out were puzzled when he stayed in his seat as Manchester United fell behind, and amused when one of his staff entered the technical area instead to bellow ‘Wakey wakey’.

Though that unscientific message was aimed at the underperforming United players, it would also reflect how fans feel about the club as a whole.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo would probably agree as he compares how the club were when he left them as Champions League finalists in 2009 to how they are now, trophy-less in four years and nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after only 11 games.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo would probably agree as he compares how the club were when he left them as Champions League finalists in 2009 to how they are now, trophy-less in four years and nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after only 11 games.

 

 

Previously used to working with Carlos Tevez and a prime Wayne Rooney up front, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had 20-year-old work-in-progress Mason Greenwood alongside him against City.

But it’s not just during matches that Ronaldo will have noticed differences in the 12 years he has been away.

No Fergie to set the atmosphere, less quality and experience among the coaching staff, investment needed in the stadium and training ground, United are no longer brand leaders on or off the pitch.

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