Following Ronaldo’s fiery interview with Piers Morgan, in which he criticized the Dutchman and other club members, the Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag, is said to have made up his mind.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reportedly does not want Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the club because he believes the Portuguese superstar went too far in his criticism of both the Red Devils and Ten Hag.
In a candid interview with Piers Morgan that will be televised in full this week, Ronaldo, 37, who is keen to quit Old Trafford, aired his frustrations and accused the team and his manager of treating him with disrespect.
Ronaldo’s first preseason performance against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford in July, when he was substituted at halftime, prompted the Dutchman to first caution Ronaldo about his future behavior.
When Ronaldo declined to replace another player in last month’s 2-0 victory against Tottenham, he was subsequently penalized two weeks’ worth of pay, which is thought to be worth around £500,000 per week.
Ten Hag criticized his behavior at the time, and according to ESPN, he may have considered the interview to be the tipping point after postponing his vacation to have important conversations with United co-chairman Joel Glazer, the club’s CEO Richard Arnold, and the football director John Murtough.
In his interview with Morgan, Ronaldo was particularly critical of Ten Hag, saying, “He doesn’t treat me with respect, so I don’t respect him. I won’t ever have respect for you if you don’t have respect for me.”
He continued by criticizing other club members, adding, “Yes, in addition to the coach, there are also one or two more people in the club.
The truth should be heard by everyone. Yes, not just this year but also the year before, I felt betrayed and as if some people didn’t want me here.”
United, who are reportedly indignant over the interview, released a brief, direct statement on Monday that emphasized the club’s desire for togetherness since Ten Hag was hired in the summer.
The club stated that it would think about its response after all the facts were known.
“Our attention is still on getting ready for the second half of the season and maintaining the spirit of camaraderie that is developing among the players, coach, staff, and supporters.”
The timing of the interview, which took place immediately after teenager Alejandro Garnacho’s dramatic victory against Fulham before the World Cup break, is also believed to have surprised the club’s players.