Manchester United have been backed by former Premier League manager Ian Holloway after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club within the wake of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan last month. The Portugal striker said he had “no respect” for manager Erik ten Hag and “felt betrayed” by the Old Trafford club before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
“I feel Man United will probably be a a lot better unit with everybody pointing the identical way on the identical page,” Holloway exclusively told Express Sport. “So I feel they may get much stronger without him.
“The entire point is each parties must be comfortable. And unfortunately someone to size of Ronaldo at Manchester United could unknowingly unsettle the apple cart and tip it right up the opposite way. Life’s concerning the club you’re playing for and doing what you would like it to and also you being a part of that. It’s not all about you.”
Ronaldo missed United’s summer tour and reportedly pushed for a move away from Old Trafford ahead of the present season. He ultimately stayed within the north west, before eventually ending his time with the Red Devils months later. And Holloway believes the 13-time Premier League champions must have played things in a different way.
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“That man has earned the suitable to do whatever he wants for my part,” the 59-year-old explained. “And to still take care of yourself and be as fit as he’s at his age is kind of incredible. The will that that man has to try to be one of the best he can ever be is kind of phenomenal.
“So whatever happens now, I wish him all of the best. He’s got every right to decide on and do whatever he desires to do. He’s got my utmost respect. Yes, he’s made some mistakes these days but wow what a powerful role model.”
During his time in control of Blackpool, Holloway jokingly revealed that he hoped Ronaldo was “hung like a hamster” after acknowledging the striker was “six-foot-something, fit as a flea and good looking.” And the ex-Leicester manager admits that that mystery is yet to be solved. “Yeah well I can’t ever inform you about that one because was I right or was I not?” he added. “Who knows?”