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


  • Social media was buzzing over Manchester United removing a mural featuring Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Fans had thought that it was a response to the controversial forward's comments about the team
  • It was later confirmed that it was done to give way for the Rugby League World Cup finals

Cristiano Ronaldo was the first to fire a shot against Manchester United during his tell-all interview, and it now seems the club has responded in kind to his multiple brazen statements.

Sky Sports News initially reported that Manchester United was in the process of removing a mural featuring Ronaldo outside their famed home of Old Trafford, which had social media buzzing as to whether the two sides have officially cut ties with one another.

The mural in question was done in partnership with Adidas as the German sports brand brought together past and present Manchester United players who had worn the vaunted No. 7 jersey.

A few hours after its original tweet, Sky Sports later revealed that they had spoken with management about the removal of the mural and confirmed that it simply was just a coincidence.

"Manchester United says that just three days after that controversial interview, the look of Old Trafford needs to be changed because the branding has to be changed ahead of the Rugby League World Cup," the outlet reported.

While Manchester United's clarification of the situation could be seen as harmless and the initial report throwing fans for a loop, the seemingly coincidental timing of it all surely is interesting.

Ronaldo's interview with British personality Piers Morgan went live earlier today and it should be noted that it will be a multi-part series as the official Piers Morgan Uncensored YouTube channel had put up only the first part.

The Portuguese superstar put the Red Devils on blast after snippets of the interview circulated via social media.

One of the biggest claims that Ronaldo had during the interview was when he admitted to feeling betrayed by both the club and manager Erik ten Hag.

"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 jabbed at ten Hag.

Manchester United will not be having any meaningful games until December 22 as the entire soccer world prepares for the upcoming 2022 World Cup which is slated to begin on Sunday, November 20.

To stay in shape and possibly try out some new combinations, the Red Devils will be having friendlies with Spanish La Liga clubs Cadiz CF and Real Betis on December 8 and 11 respectively.

Manchester United currently sits at three points outside of the Top Four in the English Premier League.

With so much on the line the rest of the season, the club can ill-afford to have any more distractions from their ultimate goals.

It remains to be seen whether Ronaldo and Manchester United can still fix things or if it is completely over.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores their third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images