Man Utd 'in leadership struggle between Maguire and Ronaldo while new canteen layout raises fears over cliques'

CRISTIANO RONALDO'S return to Manchester United has seen Harry Maguire become more subdued, according to reports.

Gary Neville recently hinted at a leadership struggle between the pair while the new canteen design at Carrington is said to have exacerbated concerns over squad cliques and low morale.


New boss Ralf Rangnick has the mammoth task of sorting out the dressing room unrest left after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's departure.

And the Ronaldo-Maguire situation is one of several inter-squad issues the German has to contend with, according to the Mail.

United were fortunate to rescue a 1-1 draw at relegation candidates Newcastle last time out which came just days after limping to a 1-0 win over Prem cannon fodder Norwich.

Rangnick criticised his players' body language after the Canaries game while Neville took aim at almost every star at his former club after the St James' Park flop.

Edinson Cavani rescued a point with a second-half equaliser to cancel out Allan Saint-Maximin's early opener and Ronaldo stormed off the pitch at the final whistle without acknowledging the away fans.

As well as criticising the superstar for his actions, Neville also hinted at a leadership struggle.

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Club captain Maguire is said to have been more reserved since Ronnie returned in the summer and the leadership lines have reportedly become blurred with the iconic Portuguese on the scene.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg with petulance and discontent said to be rife among several squad members.

The mood at Carrington is described as 'very low' with existing cliques within the squad being firmed up by the new canteen deisgn.

Six four-seater seating booths have been installed which discourages the squad from sitting together as one and makes it easier for smaller established groups to keep themselves to themselves.

Some squad members are also said to be struggling to adapt to Rangnick's later training sessions with players leaving as late as 5pm on Tuesday.

And wantaway star Anthony Martial is just one of the players – along with Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek – who is said to be less than happy around the club at the moment.

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Neville said on Monday: "Something isn’t right in there.

"There is definitely whingeing going on. They are all at each other.

"The spirit of a dressing room is really important and I don’t think they’re all with each other at the moment."

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