Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United’s relationship appears to have deteriorated recently, and the Portuguese player’s most explosive interview only served to confirm this.
In an interview with Piers Morgan after Manchester United’s exciting 2-1 win over Fulham on November 13, Ronaldo said some shocking things about manager Erik ten Hag, the club’s situation, and the Red Devils’ leadership in general.
His most recent outburst has caused a commotion among Red Devils fans and on social media. While some supporters believe the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been disrespectful of the club, others support his claims.
We’ll examine three good arguments in this article for why Manchester United should let Cristiano Ronaldo go in January. Let’s look at them now without further ado.
Recent remarks made by Ronaldo might be detrimental to the club’s efforts to rebuild.
The 2021–22 Premier League season was one of United’s worst. They didn’t qualify for the Champions League and finished with the fewest points and goals scored. They also got off to the worst possible start in the 2022–23 season, losing their first two games and finishing last in the standings.
The Red Devils under Ten Hag finally appear to be moving in the right direction after bringing in some proven winners like Casemiro and making some wise signings like Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, and Tyrell Malacia.
Ronaldo’s remarks give a very negative impression of the team. Additionally, it provides journalists with a way to probe dressing room dynamics, which may disrupt the club’s efforts to foster a sense of unity and morale. Such remarks might harm the club and might cause them to turn their attention toward uncalled-for toxicity, which might impede their steady advancement going forward.
Declining performances from Ronaldo
The 37-year-performances old’s have been declining recently, making him arguably one of the Premier League’s worst underachievers this season.
Ronaldo has played 10 times in the league this year but has only scored once. In six appearances this season in the UEFA Europa League, he has two goals and two assists.
This season, the Portuguese talisman has registered more fouls than shots on goal in the league, which is very disappointing.
Ten Hag has made an effort to accommodate him in the starting XI. But it’s obvious that the two are having trouble, and Ronaldo’s subpar performances and recent outburst are a blatant sign that he no longer wants to be a part of the team.
Erik ten Hag was openly disrespected by Ronaldo
Ronaldo has publicly dissed Ten Hag a number of times, which might be undermining the manager’s position as the team’s leader in the locker room. Two very notable instances come to mind where the legendary figure of Portugal disregarded the Dutchman’s advice.
First, on October 19, Manchester United easily defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0. The former Real Madrid superstar behaved inexplicably unprofessionally during that match by storming off the field before the final whistle and refusing to enter the field as a substitute. Additionally, he left an exhibition game against Rayo Vallecano at halftime without the manager’s permission.
Second, Ronaldo made it clear in his most recent interview with Piers Morgan that he has no respect for Ten Hag. The 37-year-old believes the Dutchman does not respect him and is only doing him a favor in return.
His open criticism of the manager may have given the other United players a bad impression. Problems like the above must be resolved properly if Ten Hag is to have complete control over the squad. Therefore, breaking up with the player is the best course of action.