Man Utd ‘don’t blame’ Mendes for controversial Ronaldo interview and could use his ‘help’

Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes Credit: Alamy
Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes Credit: Alamy

Man Utd could call on Jorge Mendes to help them terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford, according to reports.

The Portugal international caused a big stir last weekend when snippets of a controversial interview with Piers Morgan appeared before it aired in full on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Ronaldo criticised manager Erik ten Hag, former interim boss Ralf Rangnick, the club and senior executives, former players and more in a 90-minute chat with Morgan.

His words dominated the week before the World Cup and overshadowed Alejandro Garnacho’s last-gasp winner against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ronaldo has been heavily criticised over the interview content and its timing with some pundits and former players telling Man Utd to sack the striker.

And now the Daily Mail claims that Man Utd believe their ‘strong relationship’ with his agent Mendes will be ‘key to the player leaving Old Trafford’ with the Red Devils hoping to use his ‘help’.

The newspaper adds:

‘They don’t blame Mendes for the controversial statements made by his star client and hope that pragmatism will cement a deal to cancel the player’s contract by mutual consent rather than the alternative of United firing the Portuguese for breach of contract.’

Mendes has been involved in some big deals to Old Trafford in the past, including Angel di Maria’s transfer, and Man Utd ‘anticipate dealing with Mendes again in the future so don’t see any benefit for either party to end up in a legal battle over Ronaldo’.

Not only has Ronaldo now burnt all his bridges at Man Utd, Tim Sherwood thinks he has tarnished his legacy with the former Premier League boss now “drifting towards Lionel Messi” as the best of all time.

“I don’t think what Ronaldo is saying is ground breaking, I really don’t,” Sherwood told talkSPORT.

“I think it’s more ground breaking the fact that he’s come and said it so publicly and obviously done it on a huge platform. He could’ve gone Oprah Winfrey or Piers Morgan – he’s took the English option.

“I’m astounded that he’s come out and done it I really am, I think it tarnishes his legacy.

“I think Lionel Messi must be sitting in Qatar in his camp laughing, looking at it from afar. Because when you ask players who the best players are to have played the game, it’s either Messi or Ronaldo.

“But my unconscious bias is now drifting towards Lionel Messi. Just on the top of this, which is a shame really.”

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