Wayne Rooney said he found Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive comments “a bit strange” and backed Manchester United to “take action” after they watched the full interview.
In an extensive interview with TalkTV presenter Piers Morgan, Ronaldo criticized Manchester United, saying he feels ‘betrayed’ by the club he claims forced him to leave.
The 37-year-old, who completed a sensational return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021, also said he did not trust manager Erik ten Hag and criticized former team-mates Rooney and Gary Neville for criticizing him.
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Ronaldo said of Rooney: “I don’t understand why he criticizes me so badly… maybe because he’s finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level.
‘I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…’
Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Or during his phenomenal career, also seems to refer to Rooney as a ‘rat’.
When Morgan suggested that Rooney and other Manchester United greats criticized him for being jealous, Ronaldo added: “Well, it’s not just him, imagine the rest of the rats will criticize me too. !”
Rooney responded to Ronaldo’s outburst by telling CNN, “Cristiano is a great player.” He and [Lionel] Messi could very well be the two best players of the match.
‘It’s not criticism; I’ve said that age comes to all of us, and Cristiano is struggling to deal with it.’
‘He did an interview, and it went viral.’ Some of the comments are odd, but I’m sure Man United will deal with it once they see the entire interview and take whatever action is necessary.’
Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 appearances last season but was mostly on the bench under new coach Ten Hag.
The Portuguese star attempted to leave Old Trafford last summer and will try again in January when United is considering terminating his contract.
‘I don’t think he wants a way back,’ Gary Neville said of Ronaldo’s controversial interview earlier this week. I doubt he would have done this interview if he wanted to go back.
‘He knew this would be the one that made headlines and effectively ended his United career.’ From a club standpoint, Ronaldo has said what he has said, criticizing club players, Erik ten Hag, the owners, and the board.
‘If you do that in any business, you will not be able to find work.’
‘The reality of it is they know they need to terminate Cristiano’s contract otherwise it opens up a precedent so that any playcriticizeiticise the club in the future.
‘I agree with some of the things Cristiano has said, many Man Utd fans will agree too but the reality is if you’re an employee with a business and say these things, your employment has to terminate. United have no doubt got to do that in the next few days.’
Neville added: ‘I have called many, many years for footballers to be open, be independent thinking and come out and speak their mind and not be micromanaged to within an inch of their lives by PR teams.
‘I can’t think that has happened here, he has done this off his own back with his own strength of personality. I think there was probably a different way of doing it, I think that is maybe from the club’s side and Cristiano’s side.
‘[After the Chelsea game] I urged Manchester United and Cristiano to come together that week because it was obvious that relationship was failing and navigate a pathway to January or the World Cup whereby they create a truce.
‘I’m disappointed that the meeting doesn’t seem to have happened. We have ended up in this quiteunsavoryy situation whereby it looks like Cristiano is going to end this period of his reign not as great.’