Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claims he has ‘no respect’ for Erik ten Hag
Speaking in a Piers Morgan Uncensored interview (via The Sun) (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claims that he has absolutely ‘no respect’ for Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag since the Dutch coach does not seem to respect him.
It was a crazy interview from the 37-year-old superstar who has really hit out at Manchester United Erik ten Hag for the way he has been handled this season. Ronaldo has been sidelined to a bit-part role this campaign and he doesn’t seem to be liking one bit of it.
It did look for quite some time now that the pair of Ronaldo and Ten Hag were not really seeing eye to eye, but the Portuguese striker’s revelation now has shown how bad the relationship between the duo is as things stand.
Although the Dutch tactician has tried to put down all these rumours and keep reassuring that he does count on the 37-year-old, it has now come to light that Ronaldo doesn’t think about this issue the same way that Ten Hag does.
Ronaldo has missed the past two games for Man United due to an undisclosed illness. The Portuguese striker captained Man United against Aston Villa last Sunday and just when things seemed to be turning for the good, this interview dropped like a bombshell.
Ronaldo seemed to hint that Ten Hag had absolutely no respect for him and that he also did not respect the former Ajax manager.
“I don’t have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
It’s not very clear why Ronaldo chose to do such an interview just before the World Cup. It is going to be a lot of distraction before such an important competition and honestly, it could have been avoided by a man of his experience.
It is also not very pleasant for a player to talk about the manager of a club he is still a part of, and how much ever aggrieved he feels about the situation. It brings unrest in the dressing room which can affect the game on the pitch.
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To be fair to Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo has not really shown the kind of form that would make him undroppable week in and week out. No player is bigger than the club and the Dutch tactician is right in his stance to make decisions that he feels are in the interest of the club.