Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on refusing to come on

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Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he regrets refusing to come on against Tottenham last month, but claimed his three-day suspension was too harsh. 

Ronaldo has hit the headlines over the past week after the release of his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.

Within the controversial sit-down with Morgan, Ronaldo slammed the current state of the club, along with heavily criticising Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and former team-mates including Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney, while he also tore into the attitudes of the younger players at the club.

It came just a week after Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after being an unused substitute vs Tottenham and led to a well-publicised falling-out with United boss Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after being an unused substitute vs Tottenham

He was subsequently suspended by the club for three days - something Ronaldo felt was harsh

He was subsequently suspended by the club for three days – something Ronaldo felt was harsh

And in the second part of the interview that was aired on Thursday evening, Ronaldo reflected on his highly-controversial decision to refuse to come on as a substitute against Spurs and then walking down the tunnel before the final whistle.

‘Piers I will be honest with you, it’s something that I regret to leave from the stadium,’ Ronaldo said. 

‘Probably, or maybe no, I don’t know. It’s difficult to tell you 100 per cent but let’s say I regret, but in the same way I felt provoked by the coach. 

‘Not allowed for me, a coach to put me in three minutes in a game. Sorry, I’m not that kind of player. I know what I can give to teams.

‘Okay, you don’t put me against Manchester City because of respect of your career and you want to put me three minutes against Tottenham. It doesn’t make sense…

‘I think he did it on purpose because, for example, in a national team the other clubs, if the coach wants to put me five minutes, if someone injured or if they really need me, I will help. But in that way I felt provoked not only because of that game, but before.’ 

Following the incident, Ronaldo was suspended by the club for three days and was omitted from the squad for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

After that, Ten Hag…

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