Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag does not want Cristiano Ronaldo to play for the club again.
ESPN sources close to the United manager have revealed that the boss believes that Ronaldo’s participation in an interview with Piers Morgan has gone too far for the relationship to be repaired between club and player.
Ronaldo said in the interview that he has “no respect” for Ten Hag and also criticised the club, players, former players and fans in clips released by Morgan ahead of the full airing of the interview tomorrow.
And correspondent Rob Dawson says that Ten Hag has decided enough is enough.
“Ten Hag held a meeting with co-chairman Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough on Monday to discuss the fallout from Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan,” Dawson says.
“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.
“Ten Hag is still of the opinion that a fit and motivated Ronaldo can help his team during the second half of the season when United hope to be challenging in four competitions.
“But he has told club bosses that he is not willing to sacrifice unity within the squad to accommodate the Portugal international and is prepared to see him leave even if a replacement cannot be secured in the January transfer window.”
Dawson’s sources also claim that “a number of senior players are furious at the timing of the striker’s outburst,” which came just hours after teenager Alejandro Garnacho grabbed a dramatic last-kick winner against Fulham.
With the news from Portugal that Ronaldo is settling his family in a new home in Cascais, it really would appear that the legendary striker has kicked his last ball for Manchester United.
A return to Sporting Lisbon looks extremely likely at this point.
With strike options already severely depleted, fans will hope that United can find a replacement in January otherwise the whole season will fall on the shoulders of Anthony Martial, whose injury history and consistency would leave some cause for concern.