Steve McClaren told talkSPORT that Cristiano Ronaldo was the “solution” to Manchester United’s success but “five or six players don’t deserve to wear the shirt”, before returning to the Old Trafford dugout.
McClaren joined the station before agreeing to return to his old coaching role with Erik ten Hag’s backroom team, and also admitted that “five or six” of the current crop “don’t don’t deserve” to wear the shirt.
McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant between 1999 and 2001 and will take on a new role at the club ahead of Ten Hag’s tenure.
Speaking of United’s tribulations, McClaren pointed to the club’s acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo as the bright spark in a miserable season and admitted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner kept on former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the hot seat at Old Trafford for so long. as he did.
“Ronaldo is the man and they have to somehow find a way as a team to play around him,” McClaren said.
“He’s not normal, you can’t put him with everyone. He’s like Lionel Messi – they’re two players who are just out of this world”
While many saw Ronaldo’s return to United as a counterproductive addition to the squad, new boss Ten Hag has made his plans for the 37-year-old striker clear.
When asked if Ronaldo would be part of his plans, Ten Hag replied: “Of course.”
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He was then asked what he could expect from Ronaldo, to which he laughed and replied: ‘Goals’.
Manchester United posted their worst Premier League points tally this season with a tally of 58, leading to sixth place.
United recorded 12 league defeats and finished the season with a goal difference of zero, finishing 35 points behind eventual champions Man City.
A number of lackluster displays this term have not escaped McClaren’s attention as the coach explained how the issues arose, while admitting a number of players are due to be sent off this summer.
“Beneath the surface there are big problems in the dressing room at this football club,” McClaren told talkSPORT in March.
“No one solved them. Ole was close and had to fight every day to keep them running. What stands out for me is that they don’t run for each other.
“The solution is simple, they need a manager the players can trust and run and die for.
“You have to get the bad guys out of the dressing room and that’s key. Roy Keane was there, five or six don’t deserve to wear the shirt.”
With the short-term answers already at the disposal of United’s new management team, it remains to be seen whether they will act on McClaren’s advice as they embark on a long road to redemption.