Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with immediate effect.

This follows his explosive interview with Piers Morgan released last week.

United issued a statement on Tuesday evening announcing they had reached a mutual agreement with the 37-year-old.

Ronaldo’s interview on TalkTV with Piers Morgan saw him criticise the club and manager Erik ten Hag. He said the manager has no respect for him and vice versa.

He also claimed members of the United hierarchy are trying to force him out of Old Trafford. Went on to accuse them of doubting him when he said he could not attend pre-season because his daughter was ill in hospital.

The club said they would consider their response to Ronaldo’s comments after the full facts have been established. It appears as if they have now decided to part ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

WHAT MAN UNITED SAYS

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” a club statement 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.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Man United

“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.”

Ronaldo rejoined United last year but he had fallen out of favour this season under Erik ten Hag.

CRISTIANO RONALDO STATEMENT

Ronaldo also issued his own statement on Tuesday.

“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo says the club have betrayed him and that he is being forced out, while he has no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus for a second spell at Old Trafford in August 2021 on a two-year deal. He retired to the club where he won eight major trophies from 2003-2009.

CRISTIANO RONALDO SPEAKS

In an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, released on Sunday. Ronaldo was asked whether United’s hierarchy were trying to push him out of the club.

“Yes, not only the coach (Ten Hag), but another two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed,” he said.

“Yes I feel betrayed, and I felt some people don’t want me here, not just this year, but last year too.”

Ronaldo and Ten Hag

Last month, Ten Hag said Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur. He walked down the tunnel with a few minutes of the match remaining after being left on the bench.

Ronaldo was then not part of the squad that faced Chelsea the following Saturday.

The 37-year-old forward, who will captain Portugal at the World Cup in Qatar, said of Ten Hag.

NO RESPECT FOR TEN HAG

“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t respect me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”

Ronaldo said Manchester United did not support him when his daughter was taken to hospital in July. He said the club doubted him and showed a lack of empathy when he did not arrive on time for pre-season training.

“I think the fans should know the truth,” he said.

“I want the best for the club. This is why I came to Manchester United.

“But you have some things inside that don’t help (us) reach the top level as City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal. A club with this dimension should be top of the tree in my opinion and they are not, unfortunately.”