After two games without a win in the catch-up game of the 17th matchday, Manchester United finally got the longed-for three points again in the Premier League. The 3-1 win against Brentford FC was extremely important in the fight for international starting places – also for superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his contract situation. Meanwhile, CR7 came under heavy criticism.
Manchester United are miles behind on their own standards this season. In seventh place, the English record champions are in danger of missing out on qualifying for the Europa League, while their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC have played fewer games so far.
The goal of the Red Devils is and remains, according to their own self-image, however, qualification for the Champions League. For this, at least fourth place must be achieved, which is currently occupied by the London surprise team West Ham United. After all: The “Hammers” have one more game under their belt and are only two points ahead of United. West Ham United visit Manchester on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).
Should ManUnited actually miss the return to the Champions League at the end of the season, this would also have a significant impact on star player Cristiano Ronaldo. As “The Athletic” reported, the annual salary of the Portuguese would then be reduced by a whopping 25 percent. This would reduce his salary from the equivalent of around 460,000 euros per week to “only” 344,000 euros.
Criticism of Ronaldo’s behavior: “Owes Elanga a big apology”
An unspecified person from the club environment rates such a scenario as one of many noises that currently exist around Old Trafford. “Find a player in the squad without a problem, whether it’s the lack of form, an injury, the contract situation or the general quality. There aren’t many left,” quoted “The Athletic”.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo faced criticism from Premier League giant Paul Merson after his side’s 3-1 win. After being substituted, CR7 was anything but happy when the score was 2-0 and was visibly pissed off on the bench.
The attacker then dominated the headlines in the press – much to the chagrin of goal scorer Anthony Elanga, who was just 19 years old. “Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a huge apology,” commented Paul Merson in his column at “Daily Star“He ruined this youngster’s big day,” said the 447-time Premier League player, who also described Ronaldo’s behavior as “childish”.