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Cristiano Ronaldo’s calls to finish in the top three “will inspire his underachieving teammates”, but Manchester United “are far from” challenging Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool


Darren Bent has said he “really likes” Cristiano Ronaldo’s mentality after the Manchester United striker asked his team-mates to aim for more than just finishing in the top four.

Despite United being seventh after their last league game, a 1-0 loss to Wolves, the Portuguese superstar insisted the club should aim for at least the top three.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's calls to finish in the top three "will inspire his underachieving teammates", but Manchester United "are far from" challenging Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool
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West Ham, fourth, are currently six points ahead of United, while the gap to Liverpool in third is even greater at 11.

However, series winner Ronaldo demands more from his underachieving team if they are to improve to his standards of five-time Champions League winners.

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The 36-year-old told Sky Sports that “Manchester United should win the league or finish second or third. I don’t see any other positions for Manchester United.

“In my head, I don’t accept that our mentality is that we finish below the top three in the Premier League.”

Cristiano Ronaldo's calls to finish in the top three "will inspire his underachieving teammates", but Manchester United "are far from" challenging Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool
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Cristiano Ronaldo's calls to finish in the top three "will inspire his underachieving teammates", but Manchester United "are far from" challenging Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool
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The statement is seen as a wake-up call for Ronaldo’s struggling teammates, who owe their place in the Champions League round of 16 to his crucial goals.

TalkSPORT host and Premier League 100 club member Darren Bent has since applauded Ronaldo’s message to his team.

“I like his mentality, I really like it,” he said.

“You’re talking about someone who has won the absolute prize, individual accolades, team accolades, the biggest trophies up for grabs.

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“The fact that he’s not happy that they are fighting for the top four, I like that.”

Bent, however, had much less hope than Ronaldo, explaining that his team fell far from the top three in the league.

“They don’t stand a chance, in my opinion, of getting into this top three,” Bent said.

“They are miles away from catching up with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, the gap is huge.

Cristiano Ronaldo's calls to finish in the top three "will inspire his underachieving teammates", but Manchester United "are far from" challenging Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool
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“But I like it, and I think the players in the locker room, listening to someone of that stature speak, it will ring bells in their ears, thinking ‘maybe we’re not doing it.’

United are currently in the midst of a transition with Ralf Rangnick replacing interim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the end of the trophy-less Norwegian’s nearly three-year tenure.

Rangnick are said to have a say in United’s long-term replacement of Solskjaer this summer, with the club hoping to pick the right candidate as they consider a return to their former glory.

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Some of those highlights coincided with Ronaldo’s first stint at the club between 2003 and 2009, and Bent believes that has marred the vision for football’s top scorer.

“Where he sees Manchester United football club… When he left Manchester United they were winning Premier League titles, Champions Leagues,” Bent explained.

“So he left them when they were at their peak, he came back to this football club and that’s a shell in itself.

“It’s a long way from Manchester United that he left, so I like what he said, I like the attitude, but as far as this top three goes, no luck for me.”

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