Mike Phelan, the former head coach of English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United, has opened up about Cristiano Ronaldo’s life.
Phelan was United’s head coach from 2008 to 2013 and again from 2019 to 2022. He was on the sidelines during Ronaldo’s first and second spells at the club.
Phelan spoke to Sky Sports in the UK about Ronaldo’s second spell at the club. Ronaldo had an ugly breakup with United. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo took shots at United and United manager Eric ten Hagg.
“He didn’t respect me, and I didn’t respect him,” Ronaldo said in a bombshell statement. Eventually, United and Ronaldo mutually terminated the contract, and Ronaldo left for Al Nasr.
But it wasn’t just Ten Haar that Ronaldo didn’t respect; he didn’t respect his teammates, and his teammates didn’t respect him. It was a situation that was bound to end in disaster. Ronaldo was effectively being bullied at United. Phelan watched from the sidelines.
“Ronaldo was a player of an incredibly high level,” he says. He’s the hero of Manchester United, the star of Real Madrid, the best player in the history of Portugal. So it was difficult for my teammates.”
“In his second career at United, Ronaldo was older, more opinionated, and more determined. He didn’t want his standards to be lowered. He didn’t want his standards to be lowered, he wanted his teammates’ standards to be raised. With that mentality, you lose people.”온라인바카라
“One time in the locker room, Ronaldo was pushing his teammates hard. But they didn’t react. Ronaldo was frustrated by this reaction.”
Finally, Phelan concludes, “Ronaldo was the best player ever. He was a player who wanted to look back and say ‘I was successful’. It’s an important part of him. Maybe Ronaldo realized that he couldn’t do this in his second spell at United. He’s in Saudi Arabia, but he’s still playing, he’s still scoring goals.”