Man United says ‘appropriate steps’ have been taken in wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial interview

Manchester United say they have “initiated appropriate steps” following Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments in a controversial interview.

The club decided to wait until Ronaldo’s interview was broadcast in full before responding. Ronaldo recently sat down with Piers Morgan and the final part of the interview was released on Thursday in the UK.

During the 90-minute debate, Ronaldo criticized Man United manager Erik ten Hague, his teammates and the club’s owners.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during the English Premier League match against Norwich City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England on April 16, 2022.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during the English Premier League match against Norwich City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England on April 16, 2022.
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“Manchester United has this morning initiated the appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interviews,” the club said in a statement on Friday. “We will not be commenting further until this process is complete.”

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Ronaldo, 37, traveled to Qatar in preparation for his fifth World Cup with Portugal. The striker may not return to Old Trafford when the World Cup ends.

Many believed that Ronaldo’s position at the club was unjustified even before the entire interview appeared.

Wage demands were previously thought to have created potential barriers to a footballer’s move. However, if Ronaldo is found to be in breach of contract, it could pave the way for his deal to be voided.

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United officials say they had no idea Ronaldo had interviewed Morgan and waited until it appeared on TalkTV before they could ascertain the club’s legal position.

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United manager Ten Hague and Ronaldo have had a rather stormy relationship since the end of last season.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is supported by the goal post during the English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England on April 16, 2022.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo is supported by the goal post during the English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England on April 16, 2022.
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Ten Haag constantly forced Ronaldo to train away from the team after the forward refused to play against Tottenham.

“I think he’s disrespectful [me] as I should deserve,” Ronaldo said. “But it is what it is. That’s probably why I left the game against Tottenham. … That’s why I say I don’t respect him because he doesn’t show me respect.

Ronaldo did not make a move to the Champions League club in the off-season, meaning he could leave in the January transfer window.

“If I come back, I’ll be the same Cristiano. But I hope people will be on my side and let me shine like I did at all the clubs and all the years,” he said.

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Portugal will open their World Cup campaign against Ghana on November 24.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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