Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that Manchester United are falling behind Arsenal in an explosive interview released last night with Piers Morgan.
Speaking to TalkTV as quoted by the Sun, the Portuguese international said that the Red Devils are slipping behind the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, with Ronaldo also naming Arsenal in an interview that has all-but tarnished the attacker’s reputation at United.
Ronaldo said: “I want the best for the club. This is why I come 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.”
Also taking aim at manager Erik Ten Hag, coaches and United’s training ground, Ronaldo’s interview was as incredible as it was likely disastrous for the striker’s reputation, with a move in January now likely on the cards after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Insider’s View: Ronaldo interview should shine favourable light on Arsenal
Arsenal’s progress over the last 18 months with Mikel Arteta has been nothing short of incredible. And Ronaldo mentioning the Gunners in his interview highlights just how right the Gunners were to back the Basque manager and to stay by his side despite signs of struggle.
Indeed, Arsenal sit top of the Premier League heading into the World Cup by five clear points. And for Ronaldo, how the north London club operate is what clubs such as United should be aiming to do, with the Gunners laying down the blueprint for how to rebuild a fallen giant back to their former glory in the correct manner.