Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga has now responded to comments made by Cristiano Ronaldo during his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
In the now-viral interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo discussed a variety of topics, including his relationship with current coach Erik ten Hag, and he also complained that young players have it too easy and don’t listen to his advice.
Ronaldo told Morgan (via Daily Mail):
‘I don’t think that they don’t respect the more experienced players or the older players, but they live in a different era. I can say that for my kid that’s 12 years old, the mentality is not the same.
‘Their hunger [is different]. I think they have things more easily, everything’s easy, they don’t suffer – and they don’t care.
‘I don’t mean only a few in Manchester United, but all the teams in all leagues in the world, the youngsters are not the same of my generation. But you cannot blame them, because it’s part of the life and the new generation, the new technologies that distract them.
‘They listen but this is why we have two ears, as you listen from one side and they go away from another side.
‘It doesn’t surprise me. But in the same way it’s a shame because if they have the best examples in front of your eyes, and if they don’t at least copy what you did.
‘For me, it’s kind of weird, because I remember when I was 18, 19, 20, I always looked to see the best players in Van Nistelrooy, Ferdinand, Roy Keane, and Giggs – this is why I have the success that I have and longevity.
‘I take care of my body, my mentality, my head, because I see these guys and I learn from them.’
And now, Anthony Elanga, one of United’s rising stars, has weighed in on the Portuguese’s views. He admitted that he understood his teammate’s remarks. He agreed that being a young player at United today is very different from when Ronaldo was at Old Trafford. He acknowledged that the new generation faces numerous distractions, but…