Piers Morgan says it is ‘time for phase two’ after Ronaldo leaves Man Utd

Piers Morgan has said it is "time for phase two" after Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from Manchester United was confirmed.

The club confirmed his departure with immediate effect in a short statement on their website on Tuesday evening, making the 37-year-old forward a free agent. Ronaldo's exit comes as the fallout from his explosive interview with the TalkTV host continues and now Morgan himself has reacted to the news.

The broadcaster took to Twitter shortly after the announcement of Ronaldo's exit, sharing an image of the forward holding up an Arsenal shirt with his name and number on the back.

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Alongside the image, Morgan also wrote: "Time for Phase 2." The Arsenal fan had urged Ronaldo to join the Gunners during the interview.

Ronaldo has also since been told that his arrival would power Mikel Arteta's side, who currently lead the Premier League, to the title by his pal Morgan.

Morgan's post came soon after the Red Devils had confirmed Ronaldo's exit in a ruthless statement which read: "Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

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"The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

"Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch."

The move follows Ronaldo's admission that he felt "betrayed" by United and criticism of the owners, coaching staff and his own team-mates during his discussion with the former Britain's Got Talent judge.

The veteran striker had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford since Erik ten Hag's arrival as manager in the summer, starting just four league matches under the Dutch boss.

He had also struggled for form in front of goal when he was in the side, scoring once in the league and twice more in Europe across 16 appearances in all competitions.

Ronaldo is currently with the Portugal squad at their World Cup base in Qatar as they prepare to begin their group stage campaign against Ghana on Thursday.

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