Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United walks off after the 0-0 draw during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on October 16, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images


  • Cristiano Ronaldo explains his side of the story
  • Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag also gets flack from Ronaldo
  • Manchester United is expected to part ways with Ronaldo as soon as possible

Cristiano Ronaldo has been at odds with Manchester United for quite a while now, and the all-time great forward is making sure that he is the one who controls his destiny.

Famed British TV personality and journalist Piers Morgan recently had a sit-down interview with Ronaldo and snippets of it have since made its rounds on the internet thanks to social media.

However, the most damning part of it all was when he claimed that many within the club were trying to force him out and that it was not just limited to those in Manchester United's upper management.

"Yes, not only the coach but the other two or three guys – they're around the club... Yes, I feel betrayed and I felt that some people don't want me here, not only this year, but last year too," Ronaldo said to Morgan.

Ronaldo also took aim at current Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag and the seeming lack of respect that the Dutch manager has for him plus he feels that he has been made out as Manchester United's "black sheep."

"I don't have respect for him because he doesn't show respect for me. If you don't have respect for me, I'm never gonna have respect for you," Ronaldo declared as quoted by soccer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Ten Hag's predecessor also took some stray bullets from Ronaldo as the Portuguese superstar questioned him for being brought into the club last season to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"If you're not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United? I'd never even heard of him," Ronaldo later added.

Ronaldo made his bombastic return to Manchester United last summer after rumors of him going to in-city rival Manchester City was a done deal.

As the rift between Manchester United and Ronaldo continues to grow, it has become even more apparent that former club star Wayne Rooney was correct in his assessment of Ronaldo being back at Old Trafford.

In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the current manager of Major League Soccer club D.C. United noted that Ronaldo just needs to keep his head down and avoid becoming an "unwanted distraction."

Manchester United is currently three points outside of the top four in the English Premier League, and while they have been in much better form this season than in recent years, the Ronaldo issue is quickly growing into a problem that they need to address soon.

Because of how things transpired, it would not be a surprise for the club to explore all avenues in how they could end things with one of the biggest names to grace the "Theater of Dreams."

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 04, 2022 in Manchester, England. Michael Regan/Getty Images