Manchester United have responded to the accusation of Cristiano Ronaldo being kicked out of the club by pointing to the “friendliness” being built under Erik ten Hag, their manager.
In a Talk TV interview to air later this week, previewed by a newspaper article from his interviewer, Piers Morgan, and among a litany of complaints about the club he returned to in the summer of 2021, Ronaldo slammed Ten Hag, saying of the current Manchester United manager: “I don’t have any respect for him because he doesn’t show me any respect.”
United’s response on Monday to the Ronaldo revelations on Sunday night was to issue a three-sentence statement. “Manchester United note the media coverage regarding an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo,” it read. “The club will consider its response after all the facts have been established.
“Our aim remains to prepare for the second half of the season and continue the momentum, belief and unity being built between the players, manager, staff and fans.”
United signed their World Cup break by beating Fulham 2-1 via a last-minute goal from Alejandro Garnacho, a game Ronaldo missed as they won the Carabao Cup in midweek against Aston Villa, his absence for cause of “disease”. He is expected to lead Portugal to Qatar in what will likely be their last World Cup.
Having failed to move away this summer, finding no takers in the Champions League tier he still considers his natural habitat, Ronaldo stayed but was unable to prove his worth. value. Ten Hag favors a pressing style which does not favor the 37-year-old. Ronaldo made a late arrival to United’s pre-season. He said Morgan remained in Portugal to care for his three-month-old daughter, who was hospitalized in July. He accused the club hierarchy of lacking empathy, having lost his daughter’s twin brother to death in childbirth.
Ten Hag’s side are in fifth place, having recovered from their poor start while Ronaldo scored just one Premier League goal. He was top scorer last season with 24 goals, but his interview with Morgan included criticism from Ralf Rangnick, interim manager last season after Ole Gunnar Solskjær was sacked. “If you’re not even a manager, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United?” he said of the German. “I had never even heard of him.”
Ronaldo has suggested that some unnamed club figures wanted him out last season. He also pointed to a lack of development since leaving United in 2009 and Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013: “He knows better than anyone that the club is not on the path it deserves,” he said. he said about Ferguson.
The two-part interview sees Ronaldo hitting back at former team-mate Wayne Rooney for perceived criticism, including the club’s top scorer among his traitors. “Probably because he’s finished his career and I’m still playing at the top level,” said Ronaldo, whose last game for United now appears to be the November 6 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa.