Jamie Carragher believes Cristiano Ronaldo “wants to be sacked” by Manchester United after hitting out at the club in an explosive tell-all interview.
The Portuguese striker, 37, has disclosed his many grievances with how he is being treated by United in a brutally honest chat with friend and journalist Piers Morgan for his Talk TV show. Initial footage of the interview was released on Sunday evening with Morgan since claiming it was Ronaldo who approached him in a bid to set the record straight.
Among a number of bold claims, Ronaldo stated he felt the club had “betrayed” him by trying to force him out of Old Trafford this season and last, while also admitting he does not respect United boss Erik ten Hag because “he doesn’t show respect for me”.
Man Utd were caught completely off guard by the interview, made public in the aftermath of their win over Fulham – which Ronaldo missed due to illness – with first murmurings heard as Red Devils players were preparing to board their flight back from London.
Carragher believes Ronaldo’s outburst is part of a wider ploy to get United to terminate his contract after the club blocked his exit as a free agent in the summer. “He wants to be sacked. I think that’s obvious,” the pundit told Sky Sports. “He told the club in the summer he wanted to leave, so I’m not sure where this disrespect comes from Erik ten Hag, I just don’t get this at all.
“I think he [Ronaldo] has disrespected Man Utd and Ten Hag. He wanted to leave in the summer, which is football – these things happen, players want to come and go at different times.
“But he wanted to leave, there were no takers, because maybe it was wages or a price Manchester United wanted and I think he knows that’s going to be the same in this next transfer window or maybe the following summer and I think he’s now basically trying to be sacked or allowed to leave on a free by the club because that’s the only way he’s going to get out.”
Ronaldo only signed an initial two-year contract on his return to United in September 2021, but the club do have an option to extend that by a further year should they choose to. That looks unlikely but United would no doubt prefer to recoup some of the £15million fee they paid Juventus to re-sign their former talisman.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains the top earner at United on wages in the region of £500,000-per-week. Finding another club to offer that kind of money and pay a fee for his services is almost unthinkable at this stage of his career. Ronaldo was United’s top goalscorer last season but has struggled to hold down a starting birth in Ten Hag’s new era.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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