Can’t defend Cristiano Ronaldo at this point, says former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he cannot defend his ex-teammate and friend Cristiano Ronaldo at this point of time. The Portuguese forward criticized the club and its manager Erik ten Hag in an explosive interview with British journalist Piers Morgan.
Ferdinand says he can’t defend Ronaldo at this point (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he cannot defend his ex-teammate and friend Cristiano Ronaldo at this point of time. The Portuguese forward criticized the club and its manager Erik ten Hag in an explosive interview with British journalist Piers Morgan.
Speaking on the Vibe with Five podcast, Ferdinand said you can’t sit here and defend this interview from Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You can’t sit here and defend that from Cristiano Ronaldo. Deep down and I know it for a fact, this has all been manufactured for one thing – and that’s for him to leave the club,” said Ferdinand.
Ferdinand said the love affair between Ronaldo and Manchester United is over, and doesn’t feel there’s a way back for him at the club.
“This love affair with Man United that Cristiano has had is over in my eyes. I don’t feel there’s anyway back, I don’t feel the club will take him back and I don’t think that he wants to come back. This is all manufactured for that reason. Up to this interview I would defend him, and say the club have a big responsibility to communicate better,” Ferdinand added.
Manchester United have also issued their official statement reacting to Ronaldo’s bombshell interview. The club released a short statement acknowledging that it has noted the media coverage around it and will consider action after the full coverage comes out from the broadcaster’s side.
“Manchester United notes the media coverage regarding an interview by Cristiano Ronaldo. The club will consider its response after the full facts have been established. Our focus remains on preparing for the second half of the season and continuing the momentum, belief and togetherness being built among the players, manager, staff, and fans,” the statement read.
This is expected to be the last straw for Manchester United, who have repeatedly said that Ronaldo is central to their plans going forward.