Ronaldo's Departure From Man Utd Best For All Parties, Says Ferdinand

By Chimezie Nebolisa
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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United could have been handled better by both club and player but that the decision was "best for both parties."

The Portuguese had in an interview said he did not respect manager Erik ten Hag. On Tuesday, United announced that the forward will leave with immediate effect.

Ferdinand said: "Just seen the Cristiano news ... best for both parties. Was it handled perfectly? I think, from both parties, no. But if you look at the end game, they've got to where he and the club, through the manager's eyes, wanted to get to."

Former United forward Wayne Rooney equally said his exit had been inevitable. "Once he had done the interview and how he had attacked the club, there was no option. It's a shame because he's been a fantastic servant for United. I wish him the best wherever he goes," he said.