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Man Utd respond to Cristiano Ronaldo interview

Manchester United are reviewing the situation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan before responding.

A statement said: “Manchester United note the media coverage regarding an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo.

“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.”

Ronaldo said he “felt betrayed” by the club in an interview with Morgan, published in The Sun newspaper.

The 37-year-old striker added that he felt kicked out of United, “not only by the manager (Erik ten Hag), but also by two or three other people around the club”.
He said: “I feel betrayed.

“Some people, I think, don’t want me here. Not just this year, but also last year. »

Ronaldo also opened up about his relationship with Ten Hag, adding: “I have no respect for him because he doesn’t show me respect.

“If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you.”

He also spoke about Ralf Rangnick’s time at the club, who was appointed caretaker manager following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season.

The German enjoyed significant success as director of football but hadn’t managed a team for more than two years before taking charge of United in November last year, with Ronaldo commenting: “If you you’re not even a manager, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United I had never even heard of him.

Ronaldo has told United he wants to leave this summer, should the club receive a suitable offer, but no satisfactory firm offer has been made for the striker.

He had already drawn criticism from his manager in August when he left early in a friendly against Rayo Vallecano. He was substituted at half-time in the warm-up match and was then filmed off the pitch before the end of the match.

Last month, he refused to come on as a substitute in the final stages of his side’s win over Tottenham Hotspur. He was then dropped from the squad for United’s game against Chelsea the following weekend and trained on his own for a week before returning to the lineup for their 3-0 Europa League win over Sheriff.

The Portugal international also missed his side’s last Premier League game before the World Cup break, a 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday, due to illness.
Ronaldo has struggled for form in front of goal this season. The Portugal international has scored just one goal in 10 Premier League appearances this season.

He did, however, play a bigger role in the Old Trafford club’s Europa League campaign. Ronaldo has started all six of United’s appearances in the competition, scoring two goals and claiming two assists.

In the Premier League, Ronaldo has been widely touted as a peripheral figure with just four starts.

United head into the World Cup break fifth in the Premier League table.

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