Cristiano Ronaldo responds to being dropped by Manchester United

The former Real Madrid and Juventus man has insisted that he remains focused on the job at Old Trafford

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to social media on Thursday night, to issue a response to the club’s decision to punish him.

The name of veteran attacker Ronaldo, of course, has found itself front and centre in the English football headlines across the evening to date.

This comes owing to a statement released by the powers that be at Old Trafford.

After it was revealed that the Portuguese had refused to take to the pitch late in United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, before departing the Theatre of Dreams prematurely, Erik ten Hag opted to lay down the law, dropping Ronaldo for the club’s upcoming meeting with Chelsea:

“Cristiano will not be part of the Manchester United squad for this Saturday’s game against Chelsea. The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that fixture.”

Chatter, in turn, has since spread like wildfire regarding the situation on the red half of Manchester.

Whilst some of a United persuasion have opted to back one of football’s greatest ever players, a majority, it would seem, are behind Ten Hag and co. in their stance to put club above any one individual.

And now, as alluded to above, Ronaldo himself has provided his response.

In a post on his official Instagram account, CR7 has assured all associated with Man United that he remains fully focused on matters with the club, albeit whilst admitting that, on Wednesday, the 37-year-old perhaps allowed the ‘heat of the moment’ to get the better of him:

‘As I’ve always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches. That hasn’t changed. I haven’t changed. I’m the same person and the same professional that I’ve been for the last 20 years playing elite football, and respect has always played a very important role in my decision making process.

‘I started very young, the older and most experienced players examples were always very important to me. Therefore, later on, I’ve always tried to set the example myself for the youngsters that grew in all the teams that I’ve represented. Unfortunately that’s not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment get’s the best of us.

‘Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my teammates and be ready for everything in any given game. Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was. This is Manchester United, and united we must stand. Soon we’ll be together again.’

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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