Cristiano Ronaldo said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United as his manager Erik ten Hag and other senior executives allegedly tried to force him out of the club in an explosive interview on Sunday.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a peripheral figure on the pitch with United since Ten Hag took charge in May.
Ronaldo was disciplined after refusing to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Tottenham last month, but he has returned to the team in recent weeks and even captained the Red Devils in their 3-1 loss to Aston Villa last weekend.
However, the 37-year-old was absent from the squad for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Fulham in United’s last game before their six-week break. Globalism Glass.
“I don’t respect him because he doesn’t show me any respect,” Ronaldo said of Ten Hag in an interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored.
“Not just the coach, but two or three other players around the club. I felt betrayed.”
When asked again if the club’s top executives were trying to oust him, Ronaldo replied: “Yes, I felt betrayed and I felt some people didn’t want me here, not only this year but last year as well.”
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in August 2021 from Juventus.
His first spell at United was glorious under the tutelage of Alex Ferguson, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League and his first Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world.
Despite his 24 goals in all competitions last season, United endured a terrible season as they finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Ronaldo then reportedly tried to engineer an exit before the start of this season, but no deal was reached with another club.
“Since Sir Alex left, I haven’t seen any development in the club. Nothing has changed,” Ronaldo said of what he found on his return to United.
“I want the best for the club. That’s why I came to Manchester United.
“But you have some things inside that don’t help us get to the top level like (Manchester) City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal… a club of this dimension should be at the top of the tree in my opinion and they are not unfortunately.”
United ranks fifth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal.
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