Manchester United have released a statement over Cristiano Ronaldo‘s explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
The Premier League club has said it will “consider its response after the full facts have been established”.
It read: “Manchester United notes the media coverage regarding an interview by Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The club will consider its response after the full facts have been established.
“Our focus remains on preparing for the second half of the season and continuing the momentum, belief and togetherness being built among the players, manager, staff, and fans.”
I feel betrayed
Ronaldo claimed the Premier League club betrayed him.
According to him, he “doesn’t respect” manager Erik ten Hag who he claims tried to force him out in the summer.
In an interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan, Ronaldo criticised Ten Hag, the club and former interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
The 37-year-old was suspended by Ten Hag after refusing to appear as a substitute during the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in October.
Ronaldo has missed United’s past two games because of illness. Despite Ten Hag insisting the striker was likely to be available for the Fulham match , which they won 2-1 on Sunday.
“I don’t have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said in a fragment of the interview that will air in full on Wednesday on “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
United wanted me to leave
Ronaldo and his representatives were actively looking for a move away from Old Trafford in the summer. But the Portugal international insists it was United and Ten Hag who pushed him toward the exit.
“Manchester United tried to force me out,” he said.
“Not only the manager, but the other two or three guys around the club [at the senior executive level]. I felt betrayed. I don’t care, people should listen to the truth. Yes, I felt betrayed. I feel that some people didn’t want me here, not only this year but last season too.”
During the interview, Ronaldo also claimed to have “never heard of” Rangnick before he was appointed caretaker manager last season. And accused United of failing to progress between his departure to Real Madrid in 2009 and his return in 2021.