Cristiano Ronaldo has posted a picture of Marcus Rashford in what appears to be a response to claims the pair don’t get on at Manchester United. It was reported earlier in the week that the England international was growing ‘irritated’ by the Portugal international for wanting to lead the club. The 24-year-old has since denied those suggestions and, now, his team-mate has appeared to do the same.
BILD Journalist Christian Falk said on Wednesday that Ronaldo’s behaviour was causing friction at Old Trafford.
“True, the English players like Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford & Co are irritated that Ronaldo wants to lead the dressing room with his own clique,” he said on Twitter.
“There is a risk of a split in the team @ManUtd.”
Rashford then took to social media himself to deny Falk’s claims, saying: “Are we just making it up as we go along now then?
“Please stop looking for divides.”
Falk, however, stuck to his guns by saying: “Not true and you know it.”
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Rashford has since opted to remain silent, with the United star already making his stance on the matter crystal clear.
And, now, Ronaldo seems to have shot down suggestions of dressing room problems as well.
The veteran took to Instagram to share a picture of him and Rashford in training, merely tagging his team-mate in the post.
That would appear to be a defiant message to critics, with many United players condemning what they perceive to be inaccurate reports all season.
Luke Shaw recently said ‘a lot of things’ weren’t true at present, saying: “There have been a lot of things said about Ralf [Rangnick] doing different things, sending people home with homework and the players being angry and unhappy about it, but it is false.
“Everything that has been written in the media isn’t true because I see a completely different side of the team and with the manager inside here than what I read on the outside.”
Fred, too, has insisted there’s plenty of ‘fake news’ out there at present.
“As I said before, a lot of people say a lot of things and at times people believe fake news,” he told Sky Sports.
“It wasn’t the first time that fake things had been said about me.
“We had been going through a difficult period at the club at the time and these rumours came out about me wanting to leave and being unhappy.
“They were untrue, so I felt it was time to speak up.
“I needed to tell the fans I was 100 per cent committed to the club and that I had no intention of leaving. It was the right time to speak, I think.
“I don’t like talking much on social media but on that occasion I felt I had to show the fans my desire to stay at the club.”
He added: “Our dressing room is really good.
“There’s a lot of fake news and a lot of rumours surrounding it but it’s great. We work together and we all have the same goals and objectives.
“It’s not easy for the manager to keep everyone happy because everyone wants to play and we have so many good players.
“But we understand each other. We have developed harmony in the dressing room and I think that’s the most important thing we have.
“We have maximum respect for each other in the dressing room.”
United do need better results, however.
And they’ll be hoping to finish in the top four this season after boosting their chances with a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday night.
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