Ronaldo drove interview; wanted it shown when away from Man Utd for World Cup

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo instigated Sunday’s explosive interview and wanted it to run with the Premier League in recess for the World Cup.

That’s according to Piers Morgan, who conducted the interview.

“Cristiano asked me to do it. Simple as that. I didn’t ask him, he asked me. He’s been thinking about this for a while, it’s no secret he has build up deep frustration about what has been happening at United,” Morgan told talkSPORT.

“He feels he has to speak out, he knows it will be incendiary, will rattle some changes, but he also feels he should be doing this. He knows people will criticise him but he also knows what he is saying is true.

“Sometimes the truth hurts. He’s been thinking about this for a while and I got a call. The World Cup is about to start, it gives him a month away from United and it gives time for what he has said to settle in. He can come back and resolve things.”