By Ben Dinnery

21st Nov, 2022 | 2:27pm

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Man United are already in the process of addressing Cristiano Ronaldo’s concerns with the Carrington training base with a “game-changing” investment.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider

Ronaldo suggested to the Piers Morgan Uncensored show last week (16 November) that the training ground has not changed since he left for Real Madrid in 2009.

The 37-year-old extensively criticised the club and Erik ten Hag in the interview and he may never pull on a Man United shirt again as a result of his comments.

“Most of these revelations aren’t really anything new,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“We can go back to May this year, the back end of last season, where there were reports Ronaldo had already expressed concern with the United hierarchy about missing tiles in the pool and not wanting to go to certain areas of Carrington because they were in a state of disrepair.

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“Even by the club’s admission, at the back end of 2021, they announced they were moving forward with significant, game-changing investment to the training ground.

“Early this year, March or April, they had plans agreed to carry that forward. Over the summer there was phase one of that investment, £5million went into catering, the gym and generally around the training ground.

“Discussions had been ongoing for a while into what they would do at Carrington. Ideally, they were looking at new land and building a new development from scratch. Financially, that wasn’t viable.

“Their training facilities have fallen behind others in the Premier League and none more so than their city rivals.

“When you look at the likes of Leicester City and the facilities they have now, they have fallen well behind that.

“For a club like Man United, regardless of the performances, they are still seen as one of the world’s biggest clubs and it probably isn’t good enough.

“Cristiano has a bit of an axe to grind but there are well-documented elements of truth in what he’s saying.

“The important thing is now they have started to address that and investment has started to come.

“It will improve it’s just maybe unfortunate that it’s taken some time and hasn’t happened sooner.”

In other news, Man United are set for an FA charge as controversial Ronaldo footage emerges.