Man Utd hero Ferdinand on Ronaldo: Even I can't defend that

Manchester United Champions League winner Rio Ferdinand admits he can’t defend Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo sparked controversy by claiming he felt ‘betrayed’ by United and revealed he had ‘no respect’ for manager Erik ten Hag in his unauthorised sit-down with Morgan.

“You can’t sit here and defend that from Cristiano Ronaldo,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast.

“Deep down and I know it for a fact, this has all been manufactured for one thing – and that’s for him to leave the club.

“This love affair with Man United that Cristiano has had is over in my eyes. I don’t feel there’s anyway back, I don’t feel the club will take him back and I don’t think that he wants to come back. This is all manufactured for that reason.

“Up to this interview I would defend him, and say the club have a big responsibility to communicate better.”