Ronaldo: Man Utd doubted me over daughter’s illness | ‘That really hurt’


Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed members of the Manchester United hierarchy doubted him when he said he could not attend pre-season because his daughter was ill in hospital.

Ronaldo accused United of betraying him – claiming the club tried to force him out – and said he has no respect for manager Erik ten Hag in the first clips released by TalkTV from a 90-minute interview with Piers Morgan.

The Portugal captain also lashed out at former team-mate Wayne Rooney and United’s interim manager from last season Ralf Rangnick, as he criticised the lack of progress at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

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The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson believes Cristiano Ronaldo is ruining his legacy at Manchester United following his recent comments about the club.

And now, in the latest teaser from Ronaldo’s sit-down with the TV presenter, the 37-year-old has alleged that two senior members of staff at Old Trafford treated him with suspicion when he said his daughter, Bella, was sick with bronchitis – just three months after her twin brother had died.

“I spoke with the director and the president of Man Utd and they kind of didn’t believe that something was going wrong, which made me feel bad,” Ronaldo told TalkTV.

Asked to confirm they did not believe him, Ronaldo continued: “They believe me but in the same way [shakes head]… I am never going to change the health of my family for a football. Now, or 10 years behind or forward.

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‘United We Stand’ Editor, Andy Mitten, feels Manchester United have treated Cristiano Ronaldo fairly and there has not been a betrayal from the club towards the player as Ronaldo wanted to leave Old Trafford in the summer.

“And it is something that really hurt me because they doubted my word that I was struggling, especially Bella and Geo [Georgina Rodriguez, Ronaldo’s girlfriend].

“We had one week in hospital because Bella had a big problem and I didn’t go to the pre-season because of that.

“I didn’t want to leave my family to do the pre-season because I didn’t think it was fair to leave my family for a pre-season. This is why I didn’t go.”

Man Utd are not commenting on Ronaldo’s latest comments.

Ronaldo: Absolute focus on Portugal

Ronaldo has joined up with the Portugal squad for the World Cup and insisted his “absolute focus” is on the national team amid the furore over his interview on Piers Morgan Uncensored.

Ronaldo said on Twitter: “Total and absolute focus on the work of the National Team.

“A united group, towards a single objective: to fulfil the dream of all Portuguese people!”

Man Utd to take legal advice before making decision on Ronaldo

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Image: Ronaldo missed United’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday

United will take legal advice before deciding how to respond to Ronaldo, but will await the release of the full interview later this week before taking any decision.

Sky Sports News understands Ten Hag and the United players are extremely disappointed with the manner and timing of Ronaldo’s interview.

The club only found out about the interview as they were preparing to fly back from London on Sunday evening following their 2-1 win over Fulham and they do not understand why he has said what he has said.

They are hugely disappointed that he would disrespect the club, his manager and team-mates in this way and United are likely to consider all their options now regarding the player.

Ronaldo was told on Thursday that he would not be in the starting XI against Fulham but he would have been in the squad. He told the club he was ill.

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