After an explosive interview criticizing his current team Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly in the process of being replaced from the team as the club looks for new strikers before the season’s end.

The interview with Piers Morgan reportedly has Ronaldo calling himself the “black sheep” of the team, lobbying criticisms at Man Utd. He also said in the interview that he doesn’t respect the club’s manager, according to The Sun.

Ten Hag met with chairman Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough on Monday to discuss the future of Ronaldo in the club, with the former believing that the Portuguese international has no future set in the club due to his recent statements, ESPN reported.

Ronaldo’s relationship with Man Utd has been tempestuous recently, with ten Hag having been forced to discipline the player twice already in the season due to various actions against the team.

But the new interview revelations have pushed the relationship to a whole new level, especially as it aired after the club had eked out a 2-1 win against the Fulham Football Club. Many players in the club are reportedly furious at the timing of the interview cutting into the club’s recent victory.

Man Utd had planned to finish Ronaldo’s contract by the end of the season, but the interview has pushed them to look for new alternative strikers in the middle of the season, Mirror reported.

Among those being wooed to join the club are French player Kylian Mbappe and Nigerian player Victor Osimhen, with Mbappe being the top choice despite the pricy £150 million-plus ($177.87 million-plus) transfer fee required to get him. Mbappe will reportedly be paid the same £500,000-a-week ($592,000-a-week) fee that Ronaldo is currently getting if he accepts a transfer to Man Utd, and will also be given performance-related bonuses.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s future plans after being removed from Man Utd remain uncertain. He is currently playing for Portugal for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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