Piers Morgan has insisted that signing Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘exactly’ what Arsenal need to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title.
The TV host carried out an explosive tell-all interview with the Manchester United star on Sunday night, in which Ronaldo accused the club of ‘betraying’ him and blasted manager Erik ten Hag, adding he doesn’t ‘respect’ the Dutchman.
And Morgan urged the table-topping Gunners, five points ahead of City as the World Cup approaches, to capitalise on the situation and snap up the Portuguese forward in January to bolster their title bid.
After a TV presenter in Ireland said: ‘Presumably Piers Morgan is hoping Arsenal sign Ronaldo and play him up top in every game,’ Morgan responded on Twitter.
He posted: ‘Yes, actually. He’s exactly what we need.. @Cristiano & @gabrieljesus9 would take us to the title.’
The controversial tweet, posted at 11pm on Sunday night, has already received 15,000 likes.
Ronaldo’s astonishing attack looks certain to end his Old Trafford career. He accused Ten Hag and United executives of trying to force him out of the club, saying of Ten Hag: ‘I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me.
‘Some people, they don’t want me here – not only the coach but the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but last year too. Honestly, I shouldn’t say that. But listen, I don’t care. People should listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed.’
Ronaldo missed United’s last game before the World Cup through illness on Sunday, but Ten Hag will be incandescent that the 37-year-old veteran’s comments will overshadow the 2-1 win at Fulham and Alejandro Garnacho’s injury-time goal.
The United boss thought he had settled his differences with Ronaldo after the player was dropped and fined for refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham last month and then leaving before the game had finished.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was allowed back into the squad after apologising and was even made team captain at Aston Villa last week.
However, Ronaldo’s outburst makes it almost impossible for him to stay at Old Trafford beyond the January transfer window, leaving United and Ten Hag with little choice but to find him a new club.
His team-mates were said to be deeply disappointed by his comments on Sunday night and see it as way to force his departure from Old Trafford which they now believe is inevitable.
In the fiery interview on TalkTV, Ronaldo cited the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager last season as an example of the club’s problems.
‘I’d never even heard of him. If you’re not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Man United?’
And he even had a pop at former team-mate Wayne Rooney, saying: ‘I don’t know why he criticises me so badly, probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at high level.
‘I’m not going to say I’m looking better than him, which is true!’
United last night declined to comment but sources said they would not allow the interview to take anything away from the win at Fulham.