Marcus Rashford responds to claims he's 'irritated' by Cristiano Ronaldo clique at Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo is alleged to have ‘irritated’ Marcus Rashford and a group of English Manchester United players by wanting to create his own clique in the Old Trafford dressing room

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Marcus Rashford has slammed claims that he and a group of English Manchester United players are ‘irritated’ by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Red Devils superstar Ronaldo is alleged to want to lead the Old Trafford dressing room with his own clique, with claims that has ‘irritated’ English players such as Rashford and Harry Maguire.

But Rashford has hit back against the news report in question, writing on Twitter in response: “Are we just making it up as we go along now then? Please stop looking for divides.”

Reports of discontent behind the scenes at the club are nothing new, with Mirror Football revealing in January that interim manager Ralf Rangnick was facing a crisis of unhappy stars.

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Rashford has denied claims of a rift with Ronaldo


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Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford last August was expected to elevate the Red Devils to Premier League title contenders, but even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been unable to turn their fortunes.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November, with critics believing that Ronaldo had made the team worse due to his style of play being at odds to how United had operated in previous seasons.

But the 37-year-old has scored 15 goals in just 27 games, including a vital strike in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion to end his six-game goal drought.

Ronaldo, who Rashford has cited as an idol, rolled back the years by unleashing a rasping effort from outside of the penalty area to break the deadlock, later sending his clear-cut teammates a message on social media.

“Back on track! Nobody gives up and there’s only one way to get back on track: hard work, team work, serious work,” the Portuguese wrote. “Everything else is just noise. Let’s go Devils!”

And Rangnick was certainly impressed by the striker’s talismanic display, declaring post-match: “[It was] an amazing goal. “Not only an important one but an amazing goal and I think overall it was a good performance by Cristiano.

“Energetically, he was always trying to help teammates and I think in the last weeks definitely the best performance by him and a very, very important goal for us.”

The acclaimed German coach added: “Big win but we still have quite a few games to play after three draws,” Rangnick added. “Two of them at home.

Rashford is alleged to be ‘irritated’ by Ronaldo

“This was a very important win and even so after the first-half today, today for a change we had a better second-half than the first-half and in the second-half it paid off, we were more aggressive, we were primed to intercept and attack them in higher positions, so a highly important win for us

“It was different from the last three games because we were Dr Jekyll in the first-half and this time in the second-half. I think it’s better in the second-half when it’s still 0-0 we can win the game in the end. Today it was only about getting the three points.”

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