Cristiano Ronaldo is only ‘thinking about himself’. that’s the view of former Man United forward Louis Saha, who was Portuguese star’s team-mate for five years at Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old striker has stunned Erik ten Hag and the Red Devils board by demanding to leave the team last month and he reiterrated his desire to do so when he returned to training last Tuesday, having missed the club’s pre-season tour.
Portugal international forward has returned to Old Trafford last summer for a fee of £12m, signing an initial two-year contract at the team and the 20-times English champions have the option of extending that by a further 12 months.
However, he’s requested to leave less than a year after returning after the team failed to qualify for the Champions League.
And, speaking to SkyBet, Louis Saha has criticised Ronaldo’s decision and says the Portugal skipper has been naive with his move to Old Trafford.
‘In some way, from Cristiano Ronaldo’s point of view it’s a bit unrealistic to ask now a club of this size to adapt to him and his dream,’ said Saha.
‘Even last year, I’m sorry but the magic could have happened and everything could have gone well and they won the Champions League and the Premier League and there we go, he could say that he could stay because he had participated in that. It was unrealistic that just his arrival would have changed all this.
‘Asking that again after a poor season and maybe not great transfer market business in his view, I don’t really understand how dramatic it is to change and to do all those things. I think that last year he had been in Juventus but they hadn’t won the Champions League.
‘I’m not Cristiano but as someone who seems to be a supporter of Manchester United, I have felt like he hasn’t shown completely enough of that, he is thinking about himself.
‘I am not going to judge him because he is an immense player and I’m not in his position, but I would have loved him to stay because he’s a terrific player. No-one can judge his actions at this moment because it’s his own career.’