CRISTIANO RONALDO has been left out of a four-man leadership group at Manchester United, according to reports.
The Portuguese superstar has lost his place in the side and could be on his way out of the club in January.
Ronaldo, 37, made it clear he wanted to leave the club in the summer and it appears that has reduced his standing in the squad.
According to The Telegraph Erik ten Hag has been able to unite the dressing room and has everyone pulling together in support of his values, aided by leaders at the club.
And a four-man group includes captain Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, David de Gea and Tom Heaton – but not CR7.
Fernandes and Heaton are believed to be particularly important due to the role they played in the dressing room during a period of disarray last season.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, threw strops after being substituted during matches and was unhappy when he started games on the bench.
There were calls for him to replace Maguire as United captain but they have died down despite the England star also losing his place under Ten Hag.
Since taking over Ten Hag has looked to get rid of the toxicity that existed at the club before he arrived.
To do that he has implemented a ‘no d***heads’ transfer policy, with the Dutchman signing two players he knew well in Lisandro Martinez and Antony.
Ten Hag has also turned off the WiFi in a bid to force players to interact with each other.
Keeping Ronaldo happy will also be important and though the striker looked glum as he sat on the bench in the 6-3 derby defeat to Manchester City, he was seen laughing with his team-mates in training this week.