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Ronaldo “explodes” against Ten Hag in interview

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CRISTIANO RONALDO has explosively revealed he cannot respect boss Erik ten Hag because “he doesn’t show respect for me”.

The 37-year-old legend could have played his last game for Manchester United after he missed Sunday’s win at Fulham through illness.

Portuguese icon Ronaldo made a stunning return to Old Trafford in September 2021 from Juventus 11 years after departing for Real Madrid.

He was top scorer with 24 goals for the club last term but their failure to qualify for the Champions League led to him wanting to leave in the summer.

After his much-publicised failure to secure a summer exit, Ronaldo has been forced to play a role largely from the bench this term in the Premier League.

And with his match action largely restricted to the cups, he has only managed to score three times since Ten Hag took charge at the start of the campaign.

Tensions have been building between Ronaldo and the Dutchman for months.

And that boiled over last month with a row following the forward’s walkout and refusal to come off the bench against Tottenham which led to the manager suspending him.

However, in an exclusive interview with Sun Sport columnist Piers Morgan, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said of 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.”

“Manchester United have betrayed me. I’ve been made black sheep. I don’t respect Erik ten Hag”.

“Man United tried to force me out. Not only the manager, but also the other guys who are around the club. I felt betrayed”.

“I feel that some people didn’t want me at Manchester United, not only this year but last season too”.

Ronaldo returned to the Theatre of Dreams looking to help restore the club he loves back to its former glories.

But he has had three bosses in just over a year.

For the first, his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked just weeks after Ronaldo signed, he has nothing but respect.

For the other two, last season’s interim Ralf Rangnick and Ten Hag, he has little good to say.

Of Rangnick, who had not managed a football team for over a decade, he said: “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.”

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