Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United had no choice in terminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract.
The Red Devils announced on Tuesday they had mutually agreed to terminate the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s £500,000-a-week contract in the wake of his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
The 37-year-old aired his frustrations with manager Erik ten Hag, the club’s hierarchy and the Glazer family.
They were not just the target of his stinging criticism as he also took aim at former teammates, including Rooney, who had questioned his conduct this season.
That conduct included refusing to come on against Tottenham this season, which led to him being dropped from the United squad.
Responding to Rooney’s comments on talkSPORT, where he said ‘just keep your head down’, Ronaldo said: I don’t know why he criticises me so badly… probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level. I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”
Despite the apparent breakdown in their relationship, Man United record goalscorer Rooney wished Ronaldo nothing but the best.
Speaking on live TV with Sports 18, Rooney said: “Am I surprised? No.
“There was no other choice but that’s a shame because he’s been a fantastic servant to the club.
“I wish him the best wherever he goes.”
Ronaldo had just six months left of his contract, but his exit now seems best for all parties.
United issued a brief statement announcing his departure, but made no mention of his Piers Morgan interview.
It read: “The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik Ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
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