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Man Utd declare war on Cristiano Ronaldo and prepare to sue star


Manchester United have told Cristiano Ronaldo not to return to Carrington and are preparing to sue the Portuguese forward after his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan. Ronaldo is set to have his Red Devils contract ripped up in the wake of his merciless public comments about the Glazers, Erik ten Hag and others.

On Monday, a club 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.”

And it appears the process in question is the termination of Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford. United have taken the first steps towards sacking the 37-year-old without paying him a single penny, with club lawyers confident that he breached the terms of his contract by appearing on ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’, reports claim.

There were concerns that United would have had to compensate Ronaldo around £16million he would’ve earned up to the end of his current contract if they released him as punishment for his explosive public slamming of the club. However, the Old Trafford giants are taking legal action against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and won’t pay compensation to ‘reward disloyalty’.

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During the 90-minute interview, Ronaldo unleashed his fury on different aspects of the club. This included claiming the Glazers ‘don’t care’, insisting he ‘doesn’t respect’ Erik ten Hag, admitting he ‘didn’t know’ who Ralf Rangnick was and branding the club’s leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney a ‘rat’.

Shortly after his comments emerged, Ten Hag called an emergency meeting with co-owner Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough. He used it as an opportunity to make it clear he never wanted Ronaldo to play for United again under his watch, to which all three board members agreed.

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Alex Turk

By Alex Turk

Alex Turk is a sports reporter for express.co.uk, specialising in football. He started his career as a freelancer and has featured for The FA, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and others. He was the lead for Sports Illustrated’s Manchester United coverage before joining express.co.uk in 2021.

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