Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo has charged that Manchester United has “stopped the clock” and made “zero” progress.
Ronaldo left for Real Madrid in 2009 for a record-breaking £80 million, and when he came back in 2021, he saw that United had fallen “behind Liverpool, Man City, and Chelsea.”
In the first half of his 90-minute interview with Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo made a number of damning judgments. He criticized Wayne Rooney for his criticism, backed former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, opened up about the pain of losing his newborn son earlier this year, and criticized the young players at United for their “not caring” attitude.
‘Piers to be honest, when I signed for Manchester United I thought everything would have changed because it’s 13 years since I changed,’ he said.
‘I was in Real Madrid nine years and three in Juventus, and when I arrived I thought it would be different; the technology and infrastructures and everything.
‘I was a surprised in a bad way, because everything was the same, and you mention that Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] was sacked, Michael Carrick assumed the job for two games, and everything was so fast.
‘The progress was zero. Since Sir Alex left, I saw no evolution in the club. Nothing had changed.’