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Man United: John Barnes claims the Red Devils would have finished higher WITHOUT Cristiano Ronaldo

Liverpool legend John Barnes accuses Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo of causing “disunity and disharmony” at Old Trafford and claims the Red Devils would have finished higher in the table WITHOUT the Portuguese striker.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo finished the season as Manchester United’s top league scorer
  • But John Barnes claimed the Red Devils would have finished higher without him.
  • United have just achieved sixth place amid rumors of tensions and divisions in the team.
  • Robbie Savage argued that the Portuguese star was ‘great with young people’

Liverpool legend John Barnes has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of causing “disunity and disharmony” at Manchester United.

The Portuguese striker ended the season as the Red Devils’ top scorer with 18 goals in the top flight after returning to Old Trafford last summer.

But United have endured their worst season in Premier League history, finishing sixth and narrowly securing Europa League football for the next term amid rumors of team tensions.

John Barnes (pictured) has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of causing 'disunity and disharmony' at Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo finished the season as the Red Devils' top scorer with 18 goals in the top flight

John Barnes (left) has accused Cristiano Ronaldo (right) of causing ‘disunity and disharmony’

Despite Ronaldo rescuing the Manchester club on occasion during the season, Barnes claimed that United would have been better off without him.

Speaking on a season finale podcast for William Hill, via MirrorBarnes said: ‘He (Ronaldo) causes disunity and disharmony.

‘When the ball doesn’t get to him, he throws his hands in the air… that’s a great example, isn’t it?

‘Harmony at Manchester United is a problem and who causes that disharmony? He (Ronaldo) walks as if… ‘it’s the others, I’m doing my job’.

The Liverpool legend claimed that Ronaldo was not a good example for raising his hands

The Liverpool legend claimed that Ronaldo was not a good example for raising his hands

‘That’s not what a leader does, that’s what someone who does it for himself does. The fans love him and when things don’t go his way, he says… “it’s not my fault.” That’s not what a team is about.

“So we know Ronaldo has done well, but would you rather nobody scored 20 goals a season and United finished higher?

‘I think they would be higher if they had a better team. If the harmony is better, Ronaldo will not score the goals, but the team would be a better team and would be winning games.”

According ESPNthe team split into two camps with the British players joining and the foreign players following Ronaldo.

Barnes said poor performances by players like Marcus Rashford (centre) were Ronaldo's fault.

Barnes said poor performances by players like Marcus Rashford (centre) were Ronaldo’s fault.

And Barnes claimed that the poor performances of some members of the team are due to the presence of Ronaldo in the team.

He said: ‘He (Ronaldo) detracts from other players. (Marcus) Rashford would have had a better season, (Bruno) Fernandes would have had a better season, (Jadon) Sancho would have had a better season. Whoever signed Ronaldo is his fault.

Barnes was joined on the podcast by Robbie Savage, whose son, Charlie, recently signed an extended contract at the club.

“He’s great with young people,” Savage said. “Everyone looks up to him, he is an inspiration to any child. For my boy, he is a great example.

Robbie Savage's son Charlie (left) recently signed an extended contract at Old Trafford

Robbie Savage’s son Charlie (left) recently signed an extended contract at Old Trafford

“And if (Raphael) Varane and Sancho and other players had contributed as much as Ronaldo for Manchester United, they would have been in the Champions League places and possibly in contention for the title.”

But Barnes continued to disagree, insisting the Red Devils would be better off without the superstar next season.

‘Would United be a better team without Ronaldo? I think they would. Do you think they will be better off if Ronaldo stays next season? No possibility!’

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