Premier League: Cristiano Ronaldo — ‘Glazers do not care about Manchester United’s success’
Cristiano Ronaldo say Manchester United’s homeowners the Glazer household “don’t care” about how profitable the Premier League giants are on the pitch in one other salvo in opposition to the membership.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a peripheral determine this season beneath new supervisor Erik ten Hag and was disciplined for refusing to come back on as an alternative.
But the Portugal celebrity had returned to the aspect in current weeks and even captained the Red Devils in a 3-1 loss at Aston Villa.
However, the 37-year-old was absent from the squad in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Fulham in United’s remaining match earlier than a six-week break for the World Cup.
In an explosive interview with TalkTV on Sunday Ronaldo, who made his title at Old Trafford, mentioned he felt “betrayed” by United and that he believed senior membership figures had been attempting to oust him.
In one other a part of the interview launched on Monday he continued to wage battle on the membership the place he made his title throughout his first stint at Old Trafford from 2003 to 2009.
The ahead, who returned to the membership final 12 months, mentioned he doesn’t communicate to the Glazers, the Americans who’ve owned United since 2005, and they don’t have the membership’s finest pursuits at coronary heart.
“The Glazers, they don’t care about the club… professional sport. As you know, Manchester is a marketing club,” he mentioned.
“They will get money from the marketing – the sport, it’s, they don’t really care, in my opinion.
“The fans, they’re always right. I think the fans should know the truth, should know that the players want the best for the club. I want the best for the club. This is why I came to Manchester United.”
Ronaldo gained three Premier League titles and the Champions League throughout his first stint at United however the membership haven’t gained any silverware since 2017.
Ronaldo mentioned there have been “some things inside the club” that had been stopping United from competing with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool and it will be onerous for them to return to the highest within the subsequent few years.
He has additionally rounded on former team-mates Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville after criticism from the pair.
“People can have (their) own opinion but they don’t really know what’s going on. For example, inside the training ground and Carrington or even my life,” he mentioned.
“They have to listen to my point of view as well. Because it’s easy to criticise but if you don’t know the whole story, it’s easy.
“They are not my friends.”
Ronaldo defined in his interview why he didn’t go on United’s pre-season tour to Australia in July.
He revealed associate Georgina Rodriguez and child daughter Bella Esmeralda had been hospitalised with a “big problem”, solely a matter of months after the demise of their new child son, however mentioned he was not absolutely believed by the United hierarchy.
“I am never, ever going to change the health of my family for a football,” he mentioned. “Never. Now or 10 years behind or forward and it is something that really hurt me because they doubt my words.”
A press release from United, launched on Monday, mentioned the membership would “consider its response after the full facts have been established”.
The World Cup begins on Sunday, though Euro 2016 winners Portugal, who’re in Group H, don’t start their marketing campaign till November 24.
In a message posted on social media, together with a photograph of himself and a few of his worldwide team-mates, Ronaldo mentioned: “Total and absolute focus on the work of the national team.”
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