Lingard: Ronaldo was right about Man Utd

Former Manchester United duo Jesse Lingard and Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Manchester United duo Jesse Lingard and Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has now insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo was right about some of the things he said about the club during his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

The Portuguese superstar infamously criticised United during the controversial interview last November, which later saw his contract with the Premier League side being terminated by mutual consent.

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Among the myriad of things the 37-year-old told Morgan was that the Manchester club had not developed since his first exit in 2009, and that many of the facilities and infrastructure at the club had not improved even though he had been gone for more than a decade.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who now plays for Saudi Pro League giants Al Nassr, complained that things such as the pool, the jacuzzi, the gym, and even that the chefs had shown "zero progress" since he was a 20-year-old at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo's former colleague Lingard has now corroborated his damning claims, saying that the Red Devils are far behind the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and rivals Manchester City.

Speaking on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Lingard said: "You know what it is? I think they’re so behind with everything. You see [Manchester] City's facilities, you see Tottenham's facilities when we go there with England and train at Tottenham, like people are miles ahead.

"Even the social side of things and that. I went to them like 2017 about YouTube and doing content, but they’re so behind on everything.

"I just want them to get up to date with the new things that are happening, the things that are popping. You've got to be relevant, you've got to stay relevant."

Asked specifically about Ronaldo's claims, Lingard added: "Yeah, and he left [the first time] years ago! You want the best things, especially as United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. You want the best for the best.

"Of course, you want the best food and you want the swimming pool and the jacuzzi and the sauna, which is still there but [it should] be a bit more modern. Modernise, because you see City's facilities and you think, 'Get up to date, catch up a little bit!' because they're way behind at the moment.

"They're just behind, in general. Back in the day we used to have table tennis, pool, a dart board, and it would keep you mentally happy and stuff like that. But not anymore, there's no games room or nothing. You go in, you train and you go home.

"Sometimes you want to stay at the training ground, play darts with the lads, play table tennis with the boys. But like I say, they just need to catch up a little bit more and become a little bit more modern. They changed the canteen but to be relevant and stay in this day and age, you've got to be a little bit more modern.

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"Who's calling the shots? We don't know. We don't know what's going on. And now of course they [the Glazer family] want to sell the club."We're just behind on a lot of things, and you want the modern things, you want the things that are popping off at the time, but we don't know who calls the shots about changing the training ground or things like that.

"They need to catch up a little bit, when you see what City are doing: fresh training ground, best facilities, no one talking back in the press about the team."

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