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Jesse Lingard backs Cristiano Ronaldo comments over outdated Man Utd facilities

Cristiano Ronaldo
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The Red Devils hierarchy has come under fire for not modernizing the club’s facilities.

Jesse Lingard believes Cristiano Ronaldo made valid points when discussing Manchester United’s “outdated” training facilities.

The club parted ways with Ronaldo after a bombshell interview in which he heavily criticized Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners. The Portuguese superstar claimed Man Utd have ignored modernizing their facilities, saying “nothing changed” between his two spells at Old Trafford.

Speaking to the Diary of CEO podcast, Lingard insisted the club have fallen behind their Premier League opponents in recent years.

“You know what it is, I think they’re so behind with everything,” the former Man Utd star said. 

“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. 

“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 about Ronaldo’s criticism, he 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.”