LONDON: Rio Ferdinand says former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United could have been better handled by the club and by the player, but the decision was the “best solution for both parties”. An inspiring interview with reporter Piers Morgan on Talk TV this month, in which Ronaldo also said he did not respect coach Eric Ten Hag, caused great strain in his relationship with the clubwhich he joined in August 2021 after winning eight major titles with In his first spell, from 2003 to 2009, United said last week they would only deal with Ronaldo’s statements once they confirmed all the facts, and then added that he had taken “appropriate measures” in reply. Manchester United announced on Tuesday that Ronaldo would be leaving the club with immediate effect at the bitter end of his second spell at Old Trafford after saying he felt betrayed by the club. Ferdinand, the United defender and former England international, tweeted: “I’ve just heard of Cristiano…he’s the best solution for both sides.” He told the BBC that Ronaldo had put on the club in an “unenviable position”. He added: “Has the matter been handled perfectly? I think neither side. But if you look at the end result, I think the player and the club they got what both sides wanted.” Former United striker Wayne Rooney, who was also criticized by Ronaldo during the interview, said the Portuguese international’s departure was inevitable. Rooney, who played under Ronaldo at United between the 2004 and 2009, he added: “After this interview and the attack he launched on club, there was no choice. It’s a shame as he was a great player at United. (Reuters)
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