The second part of Piers Morgan’s interview with Ronaldo was released early this morning. During the interview, Ronaldo talked about his deep conflict with Manchester United and other topics.
Regarding the early departure of the preseason, Ronaldo said that many players have done this, he and 8 other players have done this, but they only mentioned his name. They only mention what they think is the black sheep, which is himself. Ronaldo can understand, he apologized to the coach, this matter is over.
Regarding his refusal to come off the bench against Tottenham, Ronaldo honestly said he might regret leaving early, but maybe not, it’s hard to say. However, he does have regrets. But at the same time, he was irritated by the coach at the time, and he would not accept that the coach asked him to play 3 minutes a game. He’s not that kind of player, he knows what he can bring to the team.
Regarding the relationship with Ten Hag , Ronaldo said that the other party always said that he did not play in the preseason, so he needs to wait for the opportunity. Ronaldo understands this and also said that they treat different players in different ways and Ten Hag will not do this to every player. Ronaldo can understand that Manchester United have been terrible in the past five years, so they need to “clean the door”. But their approach and the media attention has changed things. This may be due to poor communication. At the beginning, Ronaldo understood that he did not participate in the preseason and was not ready for the game. But then things changed. He said that the head coach did not have empathy and did not give him the respect he deserved. This is a fact and why Ronaldo left early in the game against Tottenham.
For not playing against Manchester City, Ronaldo thinks that is an excuse. Ten Hag did not allow him to play against Manchester City because he respected Ronaldo’s career, but let him play three times against Tottenham. Minutes, it doesn’t make sense. He believed that Ten Hag was intentional, and said that if he was really needed or someone was injured in the national team or other clubs, and the coach wanted to give him 5 minutes, he would play to help the team. But if it was that way, he would be angry, not just from that game, but from before.
This is also the first time in Ronaldo’s career that he has been suspended, and he thinks it is too much. “I think it’s a ploy by the club to want me to react like that. I’m very, very disappointed with the communication with Manchester United. Honestly, I have no problem with any club or any manager. They put me out of training. For three days, it makes me very sorry.”
“Don’t tell me that top players, players who want to win everything and key players will play for three minutes. Please, it’s not acceptable because they’ve been saying before, they respect me, they did this, they did that . To me, that was disrespectful and why I left early.”
Ronaldo also apologized to his teammates for this situation, but he did not make a decision to refuse to play. Ten Hag said in the media that he talked with Ronaldo, admired Ronaldo and so on. Ronaldo said that these are all words to face the media.