Manchester United’s English players are reportedly irritated that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to lead the dressing room with his own clique.

There is now a risk of a split in the team.

This is according to BILD’s Head of Football Christian Falk, who understands that Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford are among the English players frustrated with the club’s star player.

Maguire and Rashford are two of the most influential players in the Old Trafford dressing room.

Other England internationals at the club include Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones.

But Falk claims United’s English contingent are ‘irritated’ that Ronaldo is keen to run the dressing room with the players he’s closest to at the club.

A recent photo of Ronaldo on his 37th birthday showed the legendary Portuguese forward celebrating with compatriots Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot, although it’s unclear whether these two form part of the aforementioned ‘clique’.

Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester last summer after a 12-year absence, scored his 15th goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday. Fernandes was also on the scoresheet.

Maguire, who has endured a difficult campaign, played the whole 90 minutes. Rashford, meanwhile, came on for the final 10 minutes in place of Anthony Elanga.

Another problem for Ralf Rangnick to solve?

United’s interim head coach Ralf Rangnick has been forced to tackle a range of different problems relating to various members of his squad since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of November.

Rangnick will of course be aware if these latest reports are accurate or wide of the mark, but they have the potential to anger United’s increasingly disillusioned and frustrated fanbase unless addressed.

Recent reports suggested that Ronaldo could leave Man Utd this summer unless the club secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

The Red Devils currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, 20 points behind league-leaders Manchester City.

Sixth-placed Arsenal possess four fewer points than United but have three games in hand.

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