Cristiano Ronaldo forces changes to Man Utd training ground after 'moaning about old and hazardous swimming pool'

CRISTIANO RONALDO has forced changes at Manchester United's training ground after complaining about the state of its swimming pool, reports claim.

The Portuguese returned to the Red Devils last summer, only to be left shocked by the state of Carrington.


It's claimed that the 37-year-old couldn't believe the condition that United's HQ had been allowed to fall into.

And he reportedly returned feeling that no upgrades had been made since his initially left for Real Madrid in 2009.

According to the Mirror, Ronaldo's main gripe was with the state of the swimming pools at Carrington.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner complained that "loose, chipped and missing tiles" within the pools were a safety hazard – and refused to use them.

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Ronaldo even made sure to have an indoor pool at home in order to still be able to perform water-based drills.

United have taken their No7's criticisms onboard, and have ordered work to be completed on the pools in order to get them ready for pre-season.

The Red Devils have also put their hands in their pockets to spend £200,000 on a new boiler system – after their old one reportedly caused issues with hot and cold water during the winter months.

United have seen their training ground overtaken by a number of Premier League rivals during the last two decades.

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The Red Devils moved to Carrington from The Cliff in 2000, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City having all switched to plush, modern facilities since.

United are looking to continue a facelift of their base by erecting new floodlights and a 500-seater stand.

Chief operating Officer Collette Roche said last year: "Longer term, we are looking at fuller redevelopment plans for Carrington to ensure it will be a state-of-the-art, fully integrated facility for our men’s, women’s and academy groups.

“Significant, game-changing investment will be made into our training facilities to take Carrington to the next level once again.”

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