Wed. Nov 23rd, 2022

FILE PHOTO: Football Football – Premier League – Manchester United – Newcastle United – Old Trafford, Manchester, England – 16 October 2022 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after his goal is disallowed REUTERS/David Klein

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo said the club had betrayed him and was forcibly sacked while saying he had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus for a second spell at Old Trafford in August 2021 on a two-year deal, returning to the club where he won eight major trophies between 2003 and 2009.

In an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV that aired on Sunday, Ronaldo was asked if United’s hierarchy was trying to kick him out of the club.

“Yeah, not just the coach (Ten Hag), there are two or three other guys around the club. I felt betrayed,” she said.

“Yes, I feel betrayed and not only this year but also last year I felt that some people didn’t want me here.”

Last month, Ten Hag said that Ronaldo refused to enter the game against Tottenham Hotspur as he went down the tunnel with a few minutes left in the game after Ronaldo was on the bench.

Subsequently, he was not part of the team that faced Chelsea the following Saturday.

The 37-year-old forward, who will captain Portugal at the World Cup in Qatar, said of Ten Hag: “I don’t respect him because he doesn’t respect me. If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you.”

United did not immediately respond when contacted Reuters for comment. After the Tottenham game, Ten Hag said Ronaldo remained “a key player on the team”.

Ronaldo said Manchester United did not support him when his daughter was hospitalized in July. He said the club doubted him and showed a lack of empathy when he didn’t show up in time for pre-season training.

“I think the fans should know the truth,” he said.

“I want the best for the club. That’s why I came to Manchester United.

But there are some things inside of you that have not helped us as City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal reach the top level… I think a club of this size should be at the top of the tree and unfortunately it is not.”

Ronaldo’s first spell was under former United manager Alex Ferguson, who retired in 2013. The Portuguese said his view on the club was shared by Ferguson.

“Progress was zero I haven’t seen any improvement at the club since Sir Alex (Ferguson) left. Nothing has changed,” said Ronaldo.

He knows better than anyone that the club is not on the path it deserves.

“He knows. Everyone knows. People who don’t see it… because they don’t want to see, they’re blind.”

Ronaldo also criticized the club’s decision to replace Portugal’s former teammate, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Ralf Rangnick last season.

Rangnick had left his role as head of sports and development at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow to take over Old Trafford.

“After the club sacked Ole, they brought in sporting director Ralf Rangnick, which is something nobody understands,” Ronaldo said.

“This guy, he’s not even a coach. A big club like Manchester United brings a sporting director who surprises not only me but the whole world.”

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