Ronaldo feels betrayed by Man U; slams ten Hag
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Cristiano Ronaldo says he “doesn’t respect” Erik ten Hag and claims the Manchester United manager 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 last week the striker was likely to be available for the trip to Fulham, which the Dutchman’s side won 2-1 on Sunday.
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“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 respect me, I’m not going to have respect for you. “
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. He said, “Manchester United tried forcing me out.”
“Not just the manager, but also the two or three other guys who are at the club’s senior executive level. I felt betrayed. I don’t care. People should hear the truth. Yes, I felt betrayed. I felt betrayed by some people, not just this year, but also last season. “
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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 move forward in the time between his departure to Real Madrid in 2009 and his return to the club in 2021.
“I followed my heart,” Ronaldo said. “He [Ferguson] told me, It’s impossible for yo to come to Manchester City.’ I replied, ‘OK Boss. ‘
” There was no progress. I didn’t see any improvement in the club since Sir Alex left. Nothing had changed. He [Ferguson] is more aware than anyone that the club is not on a path they deserve.
“He knows. Everyone knows. Those who don’t see it are blind. They don’t want it; they are blind. “
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