Veteran Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed displeasure with his Club, Manchester United’s head coach over alleged betrayal and ill-treatment being melted against him.
Ronaldo disclosed this during a 90-minute interview with a wide-ranging Piers Morgan for TalkTV.
He also talked to Morgan about the loss of his baby son in April and how touched he was by a tribute paid to him by the Liverpool fans at a game against United at Anfield in the days.
Recall that Ronaldo promised in August he would give his version of life at Old Trafford after failing to secure a move away from United to a club playing in the Champions League, as he had hoped.
Ronaldo has not played because of an unspecified illness since he captained United in their 3-1 defeat t Aston Villa on 6 November.
He was dropped for the Premier League game at Chelsea last month by Ten Hag after refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham three days earlier.
United, who beat Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, is now fifth in the Premier League in manager Ten Hag’s first season in charge.
Again, when asked if United’s hierarchy was trying to force him out of the club, Ronaldo said: “Yes, not only the coach [Erik ten Hag] but another two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”
Responding to if senior club executives were trying to oust him, the 37-year-old said: “I don’t care. 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.
Ronaldo says he has no ‘respect’ for Ten Hag
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo told Morgan.
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
The interview will be shown over two nights on Wednesday and Thursday.
The whole interview is 90 minutes long but Morgan has written a version for the Sun newspaper in which it is clear the contempt Ronaldo has for how he has found United since he returned to the club amid huge fanfare in August 2021.
“I think the fans should know the truth,” he says. “I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.
“Since [former manager] Sir Alex [Ferguson] left, I saw no evolution in the club. Nothing had changed.
“I love Manchester United, I love the fans, they’re always on my side. But if they want to do it differently… they have to change many, Ronaldo says his view of the club is shared by Ferguson, who was pivotal in his return to Old Trafford from Juventus when it appeared he might join Manchester City.”
He knows better than anybody that the club is not on the path they deserve to be,” added Ronaldo.
“He knows. Everyone knows. The people who don’t see that… it’s because they don’t want to see; they are blind.”
Ronaldo had not ‘heard’ of Rangnick
Ronaldo’s former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United manager when the Portuguese returned to the club before he was replaced by Ralf Rangnick and then current boss Ten Hag.
On Rangnick, Ronaldo said: “If you’re not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United? I’d never even heard of him.”
“I don’t criticize … probably because he criticizes me careened I’m still playing at a high level,” said Ronaldo.
“I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”
Manchester United has been asked for a response to Ronaldo’s claims.