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Roy Keane backs Cristiano Ronaldo to put Man United sacking behind him and play for Portugal

Roy Keane believes Cristiano Ronaldo can use Thursday’s meeting with Ghana to “silence some idiots” after he was criticized for his behavior at Manchester United in recent weeks.

The former United skipper suggested Ronaldo let his football do the talking the week he left Old Trafford with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old gave Piers Morgan a now infamous interview in which he blasted numerous figures at the club and admitted he felt betrayed by United.

He will lead the line for his country when they face Otto Addo’s Black Stars in their World Cup opener in Qatar.

Keane told ITV: “I’m looking forward to seeing him play. It will calm down now. He ended his speeches with a couple of interviews.

“He needs to talk on the pitch. I hope he plays on the pitch and I think he will. He can shut up a few idiots who have criticized him.

“I’m lucky to have played with him and look forward to seeing him tonight.”

And the former Republic of Ireland midfielder isn’t the only one to support the Portuguese legend, with colleagues Joe Cole and Graeme Souness equally confident.

Both have hinted that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be “relieved” and “freed” after the seismic interview sparked mountains of speculation about his future.

Former Liverpool icon Souness said: “I think he’ll be relieved. He’s a player who likes to be in the spotlight and the spotlight will be on him.

“The questions are being asked about where he will end up. He will enjoy the challenge. This is his last World Championship and he will want to go out with a bang.”

And Cole added: “He will be freed. You drew a line under it. No doubt he and his agent have something up their sleeves.

‘They’ve probably fixed his new club already. There is only Messi who stands above him as the greatest of all time.

“He will only have three weeks to think about this World Cup.”

After a lavish return in the summer of 2021 to the club where he made his name as a teenager, this season Ronaldo has fallen far from the pedestal on which both club and supporters kept him.

After declaring he wanted to take a transfer away from the club in the summer and not join the team on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, his relationship with Erik ten Hag began to sour.

And after sitting on the bench in the season opener – a 4-0 defeat by Brighton – he grew increasingly impatient with his treatment by a manager he recently admitted he had no respect for.

The situation began to boil over in October after Ronaldo refused to come off the bench against Tottenham and left the stadium early, but the issue reached the point of no return with his edgy interview in November.

And while Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers – if not sportsmen – that have ever lived, he has done so much damage to his reputation lately that Cole admitted he didn’t want him at Chelsea.

‘No… Tampa Bay maybe!’ he joked when asked by Souness if he would take him to his former club.

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