Roy Keane backs Cristiano Ronaldo to put Man United sacking behind him and star for Portugal

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‘He can shut up a few IDIOTS:’ Roy Keane backs Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Man United behind and shine for Portugal – as Graeme Souness and Joe Cole insist he will feel ‘liberated’ to get back on the pitch stand

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Roy Keane believes Cristiano Ronaldo could use Thursday’s meeting with Ghana to “silence some idiots” after facing criticism for his behavior at Manchester United in recent weeks.

The former United skipper suggested Ronaldo could let his football do the talking in the week he left Old Trafford with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old gave a now infamous interview to Piers Morgan in which he berated numerous figures at the club and admitted he felt betrayed by United.

Roy Keane believes Cristiano Ronaldo can ‘silence some idiots’ against Ghana for Portugal

He will take the lead for his country as they take on Otto Addo’s Black Stars in their opening World Cup match in Qatar.

Keane told ITV: ‘I’m looking forward to seeing him play. It will now settle down. He has done his speaking with a few interviews.

“He needs to talk on the pitch. I hope he performs on the pitch and I think he will. He can shut up a few idiots who have criticized him.

“I’m lucky to have played with him and I’m happy to watch him tonight.”

And the former Republic of Ireland midfielder isn’t alone in backing the Portuguese legend, with fellow pundits Joe Cole and Graeme Souness equally confident.

Ronaldo prepares to lead his side against Ghana in their Group H World Cup opener

Ronaldo prepares to lead his side against Ghana in their Group H World Cup opener

Ronaldo prepares to lead his side against Ghana in their Group H World Cup opener

Both suggested the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be “relieved” and “liberated” after the seismic interview sparked mountains of speculation about what his future holds.

Former Liverpool icon Souness said: ‘I think he will be relieved. He is a player who likes to be in the spotlight and the spotlight will be on him.

“The questions are being asked where he will end up. He will enjoy the challenge. This is his last World Cup and he will want to go out with a bang.’

The return of the 37-year-old to Old Trafford became increasingly sour before the controversial interview

The return of the 37-year-old to Old Trafford became increasingly sour before the controversial interview

The return of the 37-year-old to Old Trafford became increasingly sour before the controversial interview

And Cole added, “He will be freed. They’ve drawn a line under it. No doubt he and his agent have something up their sleeve.

“They have probably already arranged his new club. There is only Messi who stands above him as the greatest of all time.

“He will only have been able to think about this World Cup for three weeks.”

After a lost return in the summer of 2021 to the club where he made his name as a teenager, Ronaldo this season has come a long way from the pedestal both club and fans have held him on.

Graeme Souness insisted Ronaldo's departure from United will finally make him 'relieved'

Graeme Souness insisted Ronaldo's departure from United will finally make him 'relieved'

Graeme Souness insisted Ronaldo’s departure from United will finally make him ‘relieved’

After stating that he wanted a transfer away from the club in the summer and did not want to join the team on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, his relationship with Erik ten Hag began to sour.

And after sitting on the bench in the season opener – a 4-0 defeat to Brighton – he grew increasingly impatient with the treatment of a manager he recently admitted he disrespected.

The situation began to boil over in October after Ronaldo refused to come off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur and left the stadium early, but the issue reached the point of no return with his bizarre interview in November.

Ex-Chelsea player Cole added he will feel 'liberated' but would not hire him at Chelsea

Ex-Chelsea player Cole added he will feel 'liberated' but would not hire him at Chelsea

Ex-Chelsea player Cole added he will feel ‘liberated’ but would not hire him at Chelsea

And while Ronaldo is arguably one of the greatest footballers – if not sportsmen – to have ever lived, the reputational damage he has done in recent times is such that Cole admitted he wouldn’t want him at Chelsea.

“No…Tampa Bay maybe!” he joked when Souness asked him to take him to his old club.

In his infamous interview with Morgan, Ronaldo leveled accusations against United, claiming little to no progress had been made since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, revealing his disrespect for Ten Hag and claiming that the Glazer family had only commercial interests. at the club.


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