Manchester United have released a second statement in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan after the 37-year-old accused the club of “betrayal” and making him a “black sheep.”
The Manchester club say that have “initiated appropriate steps” in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview with Piers Morgan.
The Manchester United statement read: “Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview.
“We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.”
Before the full interview aired on Wednesday and Thursday nights, United had affirmed that it would establish the “full facts” before considering its response.
The club earlier said read: “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.”
Ronaldo said he is blamed for all that has gone wrong at the club, with the Old Trafford outfit forcing him out.
He said: “Yes, they [United] are trying to force me out. Not only the coach [Ten Hag], but two or three other guys around the club.
“I feel that some people didn’t want me at Manchester United, not only this year but last season too.
“The fans should know the truth. I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.
“I am giving this interview, because I think it’s the right time to speak my mind.
“I felt betrayed. Honestly, I shouldn’t say that … but, listen, I don’t care, I’m always… People should listen to the truth.”
Piers Morgan told talkSPORT earlier this week that the Portuguese international approached him for the interview.
“Well, Cristiano asked me to do it – simple as that. I didn’t ask him.
“It was all very recent. He’s been thinking about this for a while.
“I think it’s no secret that he’s felt a build-up of deep frustration about what’s been happening at United over the last year. He felt it was time to speak out.
“He knows it was going to be incendiary, he knows this is going to rattle some cages, but he also feels that he should be doing this. He knows people will criticise him, but he also knows that what he’s saying is true.”
Cristiano Ronaldo said that his focus is on winning the World Cup with Portugal and then coming back to try and resolve things one way or another at United.