Cristiano Ronaldo is defended by coach Jose Morais after slamming Ten Hag

A former coach of Ronaldo has questioned Erik ten Hag's ability as Man United manager amid the aftermath of CR7's controversial interview

Ronaldo’s full interview with Piers Morgan is set to be released on Wednesday and Thursday, but snippets from their conversation have already been shared on social media.

The 37-year-old has publicly stated that he does not respect his manager Ten Hag, as well as criticising the club’s owners and slamming several of his former teammates.

The former Real Madrid man, who is currently preparing for the start of the World Cup, has come under intense scrutiny for his bombshell interview, but he has received the backing of his Portugal teammates ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

While many people have defended Ten Hag and the club, Ronaldo has been supported by his former coach Jose Morais – a former assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, who he worked alongside for three years.

“I’m just saying that you have to be a special coach to train special players,” Morais told A Bola.

“Being a special coach implies knowing how to deal with situations like the one that is happening. Positive communication. The establishment of trust depends on factors that relate to the individual’s personal development. The best coach is better able to deal with these situations.”

Morais went on to discuss his own personal experiences of working alongside the striker, insisting that the 37-year-old is a ‘fantastic person’.

“Working with Cristiano was one of the best moments I have as a coach,” he added. “He is a fantastic person and a stratospheric player.

“I don’t say ‘UFO’ because he is a human being. He would be more of a ‘Human of Unidentified Characteristics’. Such is the enormity of his ability and talent.

“To have a player like him, is to be a blessed coach. Cristiano is, without a doubt, a sensible and down to Earth person.”

Ronaldo has scored just three goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for United so far this season, with the veteran frontman making just 10 starts.

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