Manchester United’s first response to Ronaldo’s “fiery” statements

LONDON: Manchester United have said they will respond to comments from Cristiano Ronaldo that he was betrayed by the club to force him to leave, after evaluating all the facts. Ronaldo, who returned to United from Juventus for a second term at Old Trafford in 2021 on a two-year contract, said on Sunday in an interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV about not respecting coach Eric Ten Hag. In a statement on Monday, United said: “Manchester United followed up on media coverage of an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo. club will consider responding to these statements after evaluating all the facts. “He added:” Our focus now remains on preparing for the second half of the season and on working to strengthen cooperation between the players, the coach, the staff. coach and the fans. ”Ten Hag said last month that the 37-year-old Portuguese international refused to play as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur and entered the tunnel minutes before the end of the game after leaving the bench. Ronaldo, five times winner of the Ballon d’Or, was not part of the squad to face Chelsea the following Saturday and also missed United’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday due to illness. United are fifth in championship with 26 points in 14 games, before the season was interrupted due to the World Cup in program in Qatar. Ronaldo will lead Portugal in the tournament. Ronaldo had revealed in the fiery interview that he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United, claiming that his Dutch manager Eric Ten Hag and some senior managers of the club British were trying to force him to leave “Old Trafford”. “I have no respect for him because he shows no respect for me,” said Ronaldo of Ten Hag. He added: “Not only the coach, but also two or three people in the club. I felt betrayed ”. Asked whether the key executives of the club they were trying to get him out, the Portuguese replied: “Yes, I felt betrayed and I felt that there were some people who did not want me here, not only questyear, but also last year. . “(agencies)