Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he regrets refusing to feature against Tottenham last month but felt provoked by Erik ten Hag for putting him three minutes from time.
Ronaldo hit the headlines last week after his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan was published on TalkTV, where he criticized the current state of the club, while also heavily criticizing Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and d former teammates, including Gary Neville and Wayne. Rooney.
In part two of the interview, which aired on Thursday evening (November 17), Ronaldo opened up about his highly controversial decision to refuse to come on as a substitute against Spurs and then walk through the tunnel before the final whistle.
“Piers, I’ll be honest with you, it’s something I regret leaving the stadium,” Ronaldo said.
“Probably, or maybe not, I don’t know. It’s hard to tell you 100% but let’s say I’m sorry, but in the same way I felt provoked by the coach.
‘Not allowed for me, a coach to put me in three minutes in a game. Sorry, I’m not that kind of player. I know what I can bring to the teams.
“Okay, you’re not putting me against Manchester City out of respect for your career and you want to put me three minutes against Tottenham. It doesn’t make sense…
“I think he did it on purpose because, for example, in a national team, the other clubs, if the coach wants to give me five minutes, if someone is injured or if they really need me, I’m going to help. But in this way, I felt provoked not only because of this match, but before.
Following the incident, Ronaldo was suspended by the club for three days and dropped from the squad for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Cristiano Ronaldo says his suspension was humiliating for him.
“I think it was a club strategy for me to react that way,” he explained.
“I was very, very, very, very disappointed with the communication from Manchester United. To be honest, I’ve never had a problem with any club, with any manager.
“And they suspended me (for) three days, which I felt like a lot – and the level of the sport, the clubs, I felt a lot. It was a shame, that…
“I remember arriving home and Cristiano saw me and said ‘Dad aren’t you going to the game?’ I said ‘No, because the club is giving me three days.
‘And he loved [laughs] “How are they going to punish you if you’re the best player in the world and you’re not going to play?” I said “No, I’m not going to play because I was not good”. And he looked at me like, ‘My daddy’s not behaving, what?’
Ronaldo also claimed he was angry at the way United allowed the media to humiliate him because he believed his record as a player meant he deserved more than to be brought on for the final stages. of the 2-0 win.
He said: “In a way, I was good because I was more relaxed, but in the same way, I feel very disappointed because, okay, I’m sorry, I apologize, I I’m not perfect, I made a mistake.
“But suspend me for three days, for that, I think it’s too much. And then they make fire for the press, which really disappoints me.
“Don’t tell me the best players, the guys who want it all, the key players will play three minutes.
‘Come on, this is unacceptable after what they keep saying before, they respect me, they do this, they do that. For me it was not respect, that’s why I made this decision that I regret.
‘I apologized to my teammates for the situation, I made a post, an Instagram, I regret leaving the stadium. I regret that my teammates know how I felt, and I apologized to them, but in the same way, I don’t regret having made the decision not to come…
“The coach had no respect for me. That’s why the relationship is like that. He keeps saying in the press that he came to my house, he loves me blah, blah, blah but that’s only for the press. 100 per cent.’
He then added, “If you don’t have respect for me, I will never have respect for you.”
In the interview, Ronaldo also continued to talk about Ten Hag as he insisted he’s not a fan of the Dutchman.
“The feeling that he always mentioned to me, that I didn’t need pre-season, so I should wait for my opportunity.
“I really understand that should, well, okay, I understand. But I’m not going to give you points, but you’re not applying the same procedure to all players. I’m not going to mention players but they don’t do it the same way.
“Secondly, I understand that by becoming a new job, Manchester have been so bad for the last five years that they should make sure they clean the house, let’s say that way.”
“But the way they approach, the way the press makes it so important, it’s because…probably the communication wasn’t the best.
“But I really understand at the beginning because I didn’t do pre-season, I don’t start playing, but go further than that, further than that. Other things happen to people they don’t know.
“And I do not hide that the empathy with the coach is not good. I am honest.’
‘He doesn’t respect the way I should deserve it. But it is what it is. That’s probably why the game against Tottenham I left.