Graeme Souness says Cristiano Ronaldo was right to say what he did about Manchester United and Erik ten Hag to Piers Morgan but Simon Jordan tells talkSPORT co-host why he’s wrong

    Graeme Souness has come to the defence of Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting he has been ‘mistreated’ by Manchester United.

    However, talkSPORT colleague Simon Jordan took him to task, as they discussed the revealing interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.

    Jordan and Souness could not see eye-to-eye and clashed over Ronaldo

    Jordan and Souness could not see eye-to-eye and clashed over Ronaldo

    The 37-year-old opened up in a 90-minute chat with Morgan, which will be aired later this week

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    The 37-year-old opened up in a 90-minute chat with Morgan, which will be aired later this week

    Souness jumped to the defence of Ronaldo after the player hit out at his current employers and manager Erik ten Hag.

    The 37-year-old looks set to leave Old Trafford in January, having faced a backlash of criticism from United supporters following his explosive chat with Morgan.

    Ronaldo, though, has the backing of Souness who insists Ten Hag is in the wrong, citing an example of his former Liverpool manager, Joe Fagan, telling him he would play and then changing his mind.

    “I told him he could stick his team and wrote out a transfer request,” the former Anfield captain recalled.

    “If someone makes a big player a promise, they must stick to it.”

    Speaking to White and Jordan on talkSPORT, the pundit added: “I choose to believe Ronaldo has been mistreated here.

    “I think he has been told a story and the manager has not kept it.

    “He does not bring him on against Manchester City out of respect. A couple of weeks later he wanted him to come on against Tottenham with three minutes to go, what can he do there?

    “Then he makes him captain, and that for me looking at it from the outside, I think the player has a grievance, and I think he is entitled to his grievance.”

    Things then got heated in the talkSPORT studio as Jordan responded to Souness’ point, insisting players should do what they are told.

    “I think Graeme’s point is a great one, and I understand why he may think it is,” he said.

    “I think now and again situations dictate that people can’t always follow through and can’t always precisely give you what you want.

    Souness explained why he understood where Ronaldo was coming from

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    Souness explained why he understood where Ronaldo was coming from

    “You don’t judge people when everything is going your way.

    “So, if Graeme thinks the example he has given of somebody having to change their mind for very tangible reasons, suggesting he was entitled to put in a transfer request, I would have been very disappointed with you if I had been the owner of the football club.”

    That then sparked a back-and-forth between the pundits as they debated over whether Ronaldo was wrong or right.

    Souness: “I was a player with a big ego.”

    Jordan: “That is fine, but it does not make it right Graeme, does it? It does not make it right.”

    Souness: “If you’re asking a player today and it happened a month earlier, it would have been the same reaction from me.”

    Jordan: “You were a player, and players have to do what they are told.”

    Ronaldo will keen to find a new club and has the World Cup to showcase his talents

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    Ronaldo will keen to find a new club and has the World Cup to showcase his talents

    Souness: “Then I became a manager, and if a player had done that to me I would have understood it. Ronaldo is a big player.”

    Jordan: “You’re taking the literal of someone telling you something and you taking it as a promise – then throwing your toys out of the pram. When the reality of it, rather say ‘I’ll show you’, because your argument is overcooking the pudding.”

    Souness: “I did not get what I want, or what I was entitled to get because someone changed their mind. Not what I was entitled too, but what the assistant manager told me at the time.”

    Jordan: “But Graeme, also, what your reaction was, was to go from one extreme to the other.

    “So what you have had is a situation where you have overreacted, and gone I am not just going to be unhappy about this, I am going to set it all on fire.

    “I am going to say I am leaving, I mean, what a childish outburst! By definition of transfer request it would find its way into the media and come out sooner, rather than later.

    “Bob Paisley came in and rectified it, to your satisfaction, because you’re the cog in the wheel, and a bloody good player.

    “You’re not the head cook or bottle washer. In a moment in time, everybody made a judgement call that they had to reverse out of football, for very tangible reasons, and you as a grown up would understand, because you did not expect it, did you?

    “I have a fundamental understanding that you players, get too far ahead of yourselves sometimes.”

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