Speaking on talkSPORT radio, former Manchester City and England winger Trevor Sinclair said: “For me, Cristiano Ronaldo has not earned the right to be in the Champions League this year.
“His team has not been good enough. You know, we talk about good influences on young players, he has been spoke about in that way. Well, this is a disgraceful way to influence young players.
“Spitting your dummy out, saying ‘I want this, I want that, the club doesn’t matter, it’s all about my records’. I remember when Dimitri Payet went on the same thing [at West Ham], it was in the papers that he’d gone on strike.
“The media absolutely destroyed him. Where’s the equality when you talk about players and demanding things? There were almost effigies being burned of Payet, and you look at Ronaldo and he’s getting away with murder!”
Ronaldo is openly pushing to leave Manchester United before the end of the transfer window in order to play Champions League football next season.
The 37-year-old made his first pre-season appearance for the Red Devils against Atletico Madrid last week but the situation remains unchanged.