Thursday, December 8, 2022

Ronaldo Shouldn’t Play For Man United Again – Erik ten Hag Tells Man Utd’s Executives

Erik ten Hag reportedly told Manchester United’s executives that Cristiano Ronaldo shouldn’t play for the club again, according to sources.

Ten Hag met with co-chair Joel Glazer, CEO Richard Arnold, and football director John Murtough on Monday to talk with the repercussions of Ronaldo’s outrageous remark to Piers Morgan.

Ten Hag, who is not in Manchester but delayed the start of a family holiday to deal with the issue, believes Ronaldo has gone too far in his criticism of the club and the revelation that he “doesn’t respect” the United boss.

United found out about the interview in the hours after the dramatic 2-1 over Fulham on Sunday, sources said, and are now taking legal advice about how best to deal with the situation.

Ronaldo has a contract worth more than £500,000-a-week until the end of the season, but there is a feeling at Old Trafford that it will be almost impossible to reintegrate the 37-year-old into the squad after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Sources have told ESPN a number of senior players are furious at the timing of the striker’s outburst with parts of the interview first made public just hours after teenager Alejandro Garnacho had scored a stoppage-time winner against Fulham.

Ronaldo has already been disciplined twice by Ten Hag this season.

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