Ronaldo's United Return Ends in Disappointment

Ronaldo's United Return Ends in Disappointment

Cristiano Ronaldo's tumultuous second stint at Manchester United ended abruptly in November 2022, following a controversial interview where he criticized the club's hierarchy and manager Erik ten Hag. The decision to terminate his contract marked a bitter end to a transfer that had initially sparked excitement among United fans.

United had acquired Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer of 2021 for a fee of 15 million Euros, plus potential add-ons. The Portuguese superstar's arrival was seen as a major coup for the club, given his legendary status and prolific goalscoring record. However, the move proved to be a disappointment, with Ronaldo struggling to adapt to ten Hag's high-pressing style of play.

As the season progressed, Ronaldo's playing time diminished, leading to growing frustration. The situation reached a boiling point when he gave an unauthorized interview to British broadcaster Piers Morgan, in which he expressed his dissatisfaction with the club's management and coaching staff.

In the interview, Ronaldo claimed that he felt "betrayed" by United and that he had no respect for ten Hag. The club responded by suspending Ronaldo and eventually terminating his contract by mutual consent.

Former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had initially signed Ronaldo, has since admitted that the transfer was a mistake. "With the ball, with him in the team, it was no problem," Solskjaer said. "But without him [pressing], we had to change a little bit from the different roles we'd gotten used to."

Solskjaer also acknowledged that Ronaldo's age and fitness levels played a role in his reduced playing time. "Cristiano - when you know him and speak to him, he wanted to play three out of four games, he realized he's getting older as well," Solskjaer said. "But when you leave him out once, he's not happy!"

Ten Hag's position as United manager is now under scrutiny following a string of poor results, including a humiliating 1-3 defeat to Manchester City in their latest Premier League fixture. United currently sit sixth in the standings, with their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League fading.

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