By Frank McAvennie

1st Aug, 2022 | 5:06pm

Cristiano Ronaldo decision has 'backfired big time' amid Man United development - pundit

Frank McAvennie has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to re-join Man United has “backfired big time”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker said Ronaldo does not want to play alongside “inferior” players.

The Guardian reported (31 July) that the 37-year-old left United’s pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano before the end of the match.

It was the striker’s first game under Erik ten Hag after missing the Red Devils’ previous five pre-season games due to a family issue.

The Portugal international is seeking a move away from the Manchester club.

McAvennie said Ronaldo will be “disappointed” with his teammates.

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One thing I want to say about Ronaldo is that he’s a winner,” he told Football Insider.

“If you’re in a team and you’ve got inferior players, players that don’t want to listen to you, you won’t want to play football. Man United is a huge club, Ronaldo knows that.

He’ll be so disappointed with the players that are there because there’s a lot of players there that are not good enough for Man United. It has been so hard for Ronaldo.

By all accounts he only went for Sir Alex Ferguson and that’s backfired big time. He wants to play Champions League football and he hasn’t got that.

He scored 20 odd goals last season, where would United be without his goals? [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford aren’t going to do that, they’ve had chance after chance after chance.

In other news, a pundit has suggested Eric Bailly could complete move within days after near-£60m Man United deal agreed.