Manchester United release two-line statement on Cristiano Ronaldo interview

Manchester United have released a statement after the second part of the Cristiano Ronaldo interview aired on Talk TV.

After the 2-1 win at Fulham, it was soon well-known that Ronaldo’s full interview was going to come out across Wednesday and Thursday night.

United have waited until the full piece was shown to the world before responding, which they have done via their official website.

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United release statement on Ronaldo

The statement reads: “Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview.

“We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.”

It remains to be seen how United react to what Ronaldo has said in the press, where Erik ten Hag, the Glazers and the club’s young players were among the many, many targets.

It seems almost certain that Ronaldo has ensured he will not play for the club again. How can Ten Hag pick him again now?

But when it was rumoured that Ronaldo wanted to leave in the summer, none of Europe’s biggest clubs made a move for him.

Now, after this interview, any serious manager worth his salt would not want Ronaldo in his dressing room, fearing the disruption it could cause.

United will likely be happy to facilitate Ronaldo’s exit now, and will be hoping that he has gone so big with his interview because he has a next move lined up.

But that was not the case in July, and it is hard to see where an offer which would satisfy Ronaldo’s wage demands is coming from, so the situation could rumble on, which would not be ideal for anybody.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.