Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking as caretaker boss Michael Carrick names his first squad
It’s been a mammoth few days for Manchester United.
Few fans were left surprised by the time the news came through that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be leaving the club after the side’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat away to relegation-tipped Watford.
And superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo has now spoken on the sacking for the first time, describing his former manager as ‘an outstanding human being’.
Carrick’s approach to how Cristiano Ronaldo may be handled has also become clear after his previous comments on the forward resurfaced.
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A win would confirm United’s place in the knockout stages, while two draws in Group F would also book their spot.
On Monday, following a solemn pre-match press conference, the former Red Devils midfielder led his squad, including superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Harry Maguire, to Manchester airport for their departure.
But two big names have been left out of the squad for the crunch game.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s dismissal as Manchester United boss.
Portuguese forward Ronaldo posted a heartfelt tribute to his former boss on his Instagram account.
The 36-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner was one of the few players who regularly delivered under the Norwegian this season and clearly holds his former boss in high regard.
The post was accompanied by two images representing the length of time the pair have shared together in the famous red of United, with one of the pair celebrating a goal as teammates – the other from this season with Solskjaer as manager.
Carrick’s Ronaldo comments
Michael Carrick is likely to lean on Cristiano Ronaldo’s experience in the Manchester United dressing room if his previous comments on his former teammate are anything to go by.
New United caretaker boss Carrick played with Ronaldo for three seasons in Manchester before the Portuguese moved to Real Madrid in 2009, with United winning the Premier League title in each of those three campaigns.
Having joined United from Tottenham in 2006, Carrick made the journey from young squad member to experienced professional at Old Trafford, with the 36-year-old Ronaldo now occupying the same mantle following his return to the club in the summer.
Carrick has now taken over from Solskjaer on a short-term basis following the Norwegian’s sacking as United boss on Sunday, and speaking in 2019 he discussed how Ronaldo graduated through the United dressing room following his arrival as a teenager in 2003.