Given the desire of both the player and the club to part ways, it is hoped that a resolution can be reached soon. It is now evident that there is “close to zero chance” that Ronaldo will play for the club again.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Manchester United is looking into ways to sever the player’s relationship with the organization.
In a two-part TalkTV interview that aired on Wednesday and Thursday, Ronaldo, 37, criticized the team and manager Erik ten Hag, whom the player claims he “has no respect” for.
Ronaldo also asserted that United hierarchy members were attempting to oust him from Old Trafford and cast doubt on his claim that his daughter’s hospitalization prevented him from attending preseason.
When Ronaldo made his remarks, United said they would think about their response “after the full facts have been established.” On Friday, the club issued a brief statement saying it had “initiated appropriate steps.”
It is now obvious that Ronaldo has “pretty much no chance” of playing for the team again.
A summary of Ronaldo’s main statements from his entire interview
The following statements were made about Manchester United: “I feel betrayed by Man Utd | I have no respect for Erik ten Hag” “Man Utd doubted me over my sick daughter when I missed pre-season” “Glazer family don’t care about Man Utd | United have stopped on a clock” “Man City move was close but Sir Alex Ferguson changed everything” “Youngsters don’t care but Diogo Dalot and Lisandro Martinez are different” “Roy
I declined a €350 million move to Saudi Arabia and am unsure if I will remain at Manchester United after the World Cup. I would also be pleased if Arsenal won the Premier League. I want to play until I’m 40 because Lionel Messi is so special.
While United has not given a timeline for the process, it is believed that they want Ronaldo’s departure to be handled “cleanly and fast” and in the most dignified manner possible, both to reduce distractions at Old Trafford and to honor Portugal during the World Cup.
Given the desire of both player and club to part ways, it is hoped that a settlement will be achieved quickly. United do not want to pay Ronaldo to leave.
Sad that it’s come to a point where arguably United’s greatest ever talent is likely to be sacked. It didn’t need to be like this. A mature conversation a few weeks ago between “both parties” could have secured a smooth exit.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) November 18, 2022
Given that Ronaldo’s deal is one of the largest in sports history, it is not a simple process.
This week, Sky Sports News reported that United did not agree with all of Ronaldo’s remarks from the interview.
The lack of investment by the team in the 13 years since he left Old Trafford has drawn criticism from Ronaldo. According to sources, United has made investments in their facilities, particularly the training facility, café, and swimming pool.
The Portuguese forward also criticized Ten Hag, although insiders maintain that both the club and the manager treated Ronaldo with respect. Ten Hag consistently insisted during press conferences that Ronaldo had been given time off during the preseason to attend to family issues.
There was a definite offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer that United would have accepted, but Ronaldo did not want to accept it, according to Sky Sports News.
During the last transfer window, the player received no additional legitimate bids.
Neville: Ronaldo won’t be returning to Manchester United, but I’m not against him.
There is “no way back,” according to Gary Neville of Sky Sports, but he insisted that he is not against his former teammate.
During his interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Neville, who was also criticized by Ronaldo, said he did not think the Portugal forward would ever play for the club again. Neville made this statement to Sky Sports.
Neville responded, “No, and I don’t think he wants a route back. If he wanted a way out, he wouldn’t have agreed to this interview. He was aware that it would end his Manchester United career and generate the headlines that it has.
“I’m wondering what Man United are doing,” Neville continued, “because they know they have to sever Cristiano’s contract or they basically set a precedent so any player can criticize them in the future.”
Neville’s response when asked what he thought and if he opposed Ronaldo was, “It’s not true, what he said, but all’s fair in love and war.
“I play the game of criticism every day and am aware that I must take it because I receive a lot of it. I adore Cristiano and all the other teammates I have ever played with.
“I’m not at all against Ronaldo. He has all the respect in the world to me, and I could not be any more in awe of him. He is the most talented player I have ever played with and the best player I have ever seen.
Ronaldo’s fate with United could have been very different, according to some.
Because of Cristiano Ronaldo’s actions, the issue has been rather unsightly, and Manchester United is attempting to treat it with dignity.
“They want to get him out of the club without having to pay him a compensation as swiftly and neatly as they can.
The club believes that he should feel at ease terminating his contract and leaving if he feels that strongly about everything he said, is that desperate to leave, and believes all of the accusations and allegations.
Now, we are informed that all possibilities are on the table if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t cooperate and rejects this clean exit without the reward.
“We are aware that a lot of effort has gone into exploring legal options; United has done its due diligence to determine whether they can file a lawsuit against him for contract violations. He is not welcome at Carrington, and the resolution to this situation could have been handled much better.
“A high-ranking source at United told me that if Ronaldo had simply told them in the summer that he wanted to leave, they could have reached an understanding,
Instead, he completely caught the team off guard. At the beginning of June, he was gushing about how happy he was to be at Old Trafford, how eager he is to work with Erik Ten Hag, and how confident he is that they will soon start winning trophies once more.
Then, in a week or so, his camp informs the public that it has spoken with prestigious clubs that participate in the Champions League because Ronaldo wants to continue to make a name for himself in the league. That caught United off guard, and it then precipitated a series of situations in which Ronaldo only cared about himself.
They believe that his behavior has been abhorrent and that he has disrespected the team, his manager, and his teammates. As a result, an immediate resolution is desired on this front, and it is hoped that it can be handled as effectively as possible.
But everything now depends on Ronaldo.