Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo claims he feels “betrayed” by the club, does not respect manager Erik ten Hag, and is being forced out.
Ronaldo, 37, vowed in August that he would share his perspective on life at Old Trafford after being unsuccessful in his pursuit of a transfer to a club competing in the Champions League.
In an interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, he has since expressed his views.
In extracts from the wide-ranging interview – published in the Sun, Ronaldo said:
- People at the club were trying to force him out.
- There had been “no evolution” at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, and the Scot agreed United were “not on the path they deserve to be”.
- The club showed a lack of “empathy” when his young daughter was hospitalised in July.
- He had “never heard” of previous manager Ralf Rangnick.
- He did not know why former team-mate Wayne Rooney criticised him, adding: “Probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing”.
The interview will be shown over two nights on Wednesday and Thursday.
Asked by Morgan if United’s hierarchy were trying to force him out, Ronaldo said: “Yes, not only the coach, but another two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”
Pushed as to whether senior club executives were trying to oust him, he added: “People should listen to the truth. Yes, I felt betrayed and I felt like some people don’t want me here, not only this year but last year too.”
The Red Devils, who beat Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, are fifth in the Premier League in Ten Hag’s first season as manager.