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Cristiano Ronaldo says he regrets defying Erik ten Hag by refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham last month, but claims he isn't the only Manchester United star to pull the stunt recently.
During his explosive sit-down interview with Piers Morgan, the 37-year-old revealed that eight of his team-mates did the same thing last season, and suggested the only reason why everybody focuses on him is because he's the "black sheep".
"Me and eight players [refused to come on as a substitute], but they mention only my name," Ronaldo told Morgan. "Last year, many players did the same … but they only speak about the black sheep which is me."
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Ronaldo said that he'd apologised to Ten Hag and that he considered the saga "closed", but explained that he felt "provoked" by the manager for only offering him a brief a run-out in a game that was already won.
"Piers I will be honest with you, it's something that I regret to left from the stadium. Probably, or maybe no, I don't know. It's difficult to tell you 100% but let's say I regret, but in the same way I felt provoked by the coach," he said.
"A coach to put me in three minutes in a game. Sorry, I'm not that kind of player. I know what I can give to the team."
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Ronaldo put his future at Old Trafford in serious jeopardy after walking down the tunnel and leaving the stadium during the final few minutes of United's 2-0 win over Tottenham in October.
It was the second time he'd left a match early under Ten Hag, having done so after getting hooked at half-time during a pre-season clash with Rayo Vallecano – the only warm-up game he featured in having spent most of the summer on personal leave.
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