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Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on declining to come on against Tottenham and blames it to Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on declining to come on against Tottenham and blames it to Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo confessed regret for his refusal to come off the bench against Tottenham last month, but argued that his three-day penalty was too severe.

Ronaldo has been in the news for the past week due to the airing of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.

Ronaldo criticized the current status of the club, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, Gary Neville, and Wayne Rooney, as well as the mindsets of the club’s younger players, in a heated interview with Morgan.

In the second portion of the interview, which aired Thursday evening, Ronaldo discussed his highly contentious decision to decline to come on as a substitute against Spurs and then walk down the tunnel prior to the final whistle.

“Piers I will be honest with you, it’s something that I regret to leave from the stadium,” Ronaldo said.

“Probably, or maybe no, I don’t know. It’s difficult to tell you 100 per cent but let’s say I regret, 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 give to teams.

“Okay, you don’t put me against Manchester City because of respect of 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 put me five minutes, if someone injured or if they really need me, I will help. But in that way I felt provoked not only because of that game, but before.”

Following the incident, the club suspended Ronaldo for three days and he was left out of the squad for the 1-1 tie with Chelsea.

Ronaldo then played the full 90 minutes in their successive Premier League games against West Ham and Aston Villa – where he was captain – and in their Europa League games against FC Sheriff and Real Sociedad.

He subsequently missed Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Fulham due to illness on the same day that news and video of Morgan’s explosive interview were released.

And despite being reintegrated into the team, Ronaldo thought that the club’s suspension was unjust.

“I think it was a strategy from the club for me to react that way,” he explained.

“I was very, very, very, very disappointed for the communication of Manchester United. To be honest, I never had a problem with any club, with any coach.

“And they suspend me (for) three days, which I felt it was a lot – and the level of sport, clubs, I felt a lot. It was a shame, that…

“I remember arriving home and Cristiano saw me and said “Daddy do (you) not go to the game?” I say “No, because the club punish me with three days”.

“And he did like [laughs] “How they’re going to punish you if you are the best player in the world and you’re not gonna play?” I said “No I’m not going to play because I have not been behave”. And he looked at me like, “My Daddy not be behave, what?”‘

Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on declining to come on against Tottenham and blames it to Erik ten Hag

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