Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels ‘betrayed’ by Man United, claims executives are trying to force him out of the club
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United is not going as planned. Things escalated on Sunday when Ronaldo tore up the team during an interview with The Sun’s Piers Morgan.
The Sun on Sunday published a clip of the interview in which Ronaldo said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United.
Ronaldo shouted “the coach” and then “the other two or three guys over there at the club”. Morgan asked if Ronaldo was speaking through the club’s senior staff. Ronaldo answered yes.
Ronaldo continued to criticize Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, saying: “I have no respect for him because he shows no respect for me,” according to the Sun. “If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you. If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you.”
Ex-coach Ralf Rangnick was also the target of Ronaldo’s anger. “If you’re not even a manager then how do you want to be the boss of Manchester United,” Ronaldo told the Sun. “I had never heard of him.”
Ronaldo also ripped through Manchester United’s training facilities, saying the team hadn’t improved under Rangnick. Former team-mate Wayne Rooney also found himself in the crosshairs when Ronaldo said: “I don’t know why he’s criticizing me so badly…probably because he’s retired and I’m still playing at a high level.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United hasn’t gone well
Sunday’s interview continues a miserable trend for Ronaldo with his former club. Ronaldo and the team failed to live up to expectations in his debut season last season. These struggles were compounded by Ronaldo’s feud with Rangnick.
Ronaldo reportedly wanted to leave the club but couldn’t find a big club willing to agree to a transfer. Ten Hag took over and promptly benched Ronaldo early in the season, preferring to leave with younger players. Ronaldo wasn’t happy with that and refused to come on in a game against Tottenham.
Ronaldo’s interview with Morgan won’t help the situation. Things have already gone in the wrong direction for Ronaldo and Manchester United. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where both sides shake hands and move on amicably after Sunday’s comments.