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Manchester United’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo branded ’embarrassing’ and ‘circus’ as Mark Goldbridge accuses club of trying to ‘smear’ Portuguese name


Manchester United’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo is embarrassing and the club are trying to smear his name, according to talkSPORT host Mark Goldbridge.

The Wantaway star is running out of time in his bid to leave Old Trafford before the deadline on Thursday and has been limited to cameo appearances from the bench in United’s last two league games.

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Ronaldo was brought to the bench for the second game in a row in Manchester United’s win at Southampton

Manchester United’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo branded ’embarrassing’ and ‘circus’ as Mark Goldbridge accuses club of trying to ‘smear’ Portuguese name

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Ronaldo was joined on the bench by new signing and ex-Real Madrid team-mate Casemiro

Ronaldo has been seen engaging in humorous pre-match exchanges with former team-mates over the past week, suggesting he is in good spirits despite his situation at Old Trafford, but Goldbridge is concerned about the management by the club of the fivefold Ballon d’Or winner.

“Cristiano Ronaldo before the Liverpool game, he hugs Gary Neville and snubs Jamie Carragher, then he squirts water at Rio Ferdinand and those are Cristiano Ronaldo’s viral moments,” Goldbridge told talkSPORT.

“I want to see Cristiano Ronaldo score goals. He was our player of the year last year and he scored 18 Premier League goals in the worst United Premier League team I have ever seen.

Goldbridge continued, “It becomes a circus. It’s embarrassing that we don’t use our best player because he’s still our best player and it’s embarrassing that these leaks come out that Ronaldo doesn’t want to do this or that.

“I know how this club is run and they are thinking of selling Ronaldo and they are trying to smear his name. They’re trying to get the fan base to “get rid of him”.

Goldbridge continued his criticism of Manchester United and insisted the club should never have issued a statement saying he was not for sale, instead allowing the Portuguese star to leave the club.


Manchester United’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo branded ’embarrassing’ and ‘circus’ as Mark Goldbridge accuses club of trying to ‘smear’ Portuguese name

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Ronaldo went viral after squirting water on former teammate Rio Ferdinand, who was performing punditry duties at St. Mary’s

“Actually what we should have done was just sell him. Just sell him, he is a legend of this football club,” Goldbridge added.

“Anyone who watches Manchester United for a long time in the late 2000s, Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to play. He is one of the greatest players to have worn a Manchester United shirt.

“If he wants to go, let’s be mature and sell him in July.”

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