Ferguson’s assistant and after Solskjaer at Manchester United, Mike Phelan, explained in an interview on Sky Sports the second phase in which Cristiano Ronaldo lived at Manchester United, where, despite some good numbers, he left through the back door: “In the second stage he became older and much more stubborn and stubborn. But he still had very high work standards and was great to work with. And not only did I not want to lower them, but I didn’t want other people’s to go up. And when that happens, you can lose some people along the way”.
Cristiano was so demanding of his teammates that it caused too much nervousness in a dressing room that couldn’t stand it: “When you deal with important, important people, it’s about them and where they end up and where they get to can.” You want to look back and say, “Wow, that was a success.” And he probably noticed, and I don’t know because I never had that conversation with him about not being able to make it at Manchester United. So his challenges lay elsewhere..
In his second phase, Ronaldo posted some impressive numbers, with 27 goals in 54 games, but his departure has undoubtedly tarnished his legacy at the club. The second phase only lasted from 2021 to 2022, i.e. one year.