What the papers have said about Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan – Man United News And Transfer News

It’s safe to say that the football press has not reacted well to the leaked clips of Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan.

Morgan himself revealed the excerpts in The Sun as a preview of the full 90-minute interview on his show “Piers Morgan Uncensored”, which will air later in the week.

In the excerpts, Ronaldo says he has no respect for United manager Erik ten Hag, accusing the club of betraying him and Ten Hag of wanting him gone.

He also said he had “never heard of” Ralf Rangnick and questioned his credentials to lead the team.

But top soccer writers aren’t impressed with what they’ve heard.

“Ronaldo’s camp leaked stories that he wanted to leave the club two days before United returned to pre-season training with Ten Hag. He spent the summer trying to find a new club. And it is he who feels betrayed. The timing of this should infuriate #mufc and his teammates,” says Tyrone Marshall of The MEN.

“It will be interesting to see if Ronaldo goes further into why he thinks Ten Hag doesn’t respect him, other than not choosing him in the squad, which given his performances this season is totally justified.”

“Cristiano Ronaldo accuses #MUFC of trying to force him out and claims that Erik ten Hag has shown him no respect. It is absurd that Ronaldo is playing the victim card after the way he has acted (and, frankly, the way he has played) since the summer,” says Oliver Kay of The Athletic.

Four Four Two writer Sam Pilger agrees. “Why should Ten Hag respect Ronaldo? He spent the first 2 months demanding a move, then he was late and out of shape, he left a game before it was over, he actually refused to come on as a sub and play, he’s played terribly all season and now he’s doing this.

“Ten Hag named Ronaldo his captain a week ago. Your real CAPTAIN of it! Just 2 weeks after he refused to even play for him and United. That showed trust and respect and that’s how Ronaldo repaid him. Without class.”

While some commentators showed some sympathy for the 37-year-old’s disappointment at the poor state of the club’s facilities, the overwhelming response has been to condemn his actions.

James Ducker of the Telegraph wrote:

“I covered a lot of dramas on #MUFC over the years. However, I can’t think of too many cases of one of the most famous players of all time setting his manager and club ablaze like that. A horrible disaster.

The Mirror’s Colin Miller also chimed in, saying: “Giving that debater an interview [Piers Morgan]exclusive to that newspaper [The Sun], to (again) bring to light an excellent result without Ronaldo, undermining a manager at the most cowardly moment while you are gone for a month. Erik ten Hag will now have overwhelming support from the club/fans to take down the circus.”

While in the interview Ronaldo claims that he is being forced to leave the club, in fact this interview will achieve the exact opposite: he is working his way out of the club, as The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell points out. United will have to act and, in theory, will have no choice but to terminate his contract, which is exactly what Ronaldo seems to want.

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