Cristiano Ronaldo says he and Alex Ferguson are in agreement that Manchester United have made “zero progress” since the Scotsman left.
Cristiano Ronaldo revealed Alex Ferguson convinced him to re-join Manchester United, but the legendary former manager knows there has been “zero progress” since his departure from Old Trafford.
Ronaldo has come under a lot of scrutiny this season as he sought a move away from United ahead of the campaign and subsequently fell out of favor with new manager Erik ten Hag.
Despite being heavily linked with a move to rivals Manchester City, the Portugal captain returned to Old Trafford in August 2021 on the advice of his former boss, who revealed he agreed the club had stalled since the Scot’s retirement in 2013.
in a wide-ranging interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored, Ronaldo also questioned the Red Devils’ decision to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Ralf Rangnick last season, acknowledging the importance of a new direction.
“I followed my heart,” he said. “[Sir Alex] said to me: ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City’ and I said: ‘Okay boss.’
“I haven’t seen any development at the club since Sir Alex left. There’s been zero progress. After sacking Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], they brought in sporting director Ralf Rangnick, which is something nobody understands. The guy’s not even a coach.
“A big club like Manchester United bringing in a sporting director surprised not only me but the whole world.”
He continued: “I think the fans should know the truth. I want the best for the club. That’s why I’m coming to Manchester United.”
“But you have some things inside that don’t help [us] reach the top level like City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal. A club of this size should be top of the tree in my opinion and unfortunately it’s not.
“As Picasso said, you have to destroy it to build it again, and if they start with me, that’s not a problem for me.
“I love Manchester United, I love the fans, they are always on my side. But if they want to do it differently, they have to change many, many things.
“He [Sir Alex] knows. Everyone knows. The people who don’t see it, it’s because they don’t want to see; they’re blind.”