Ronaldo cites ‘heat of moment’ after left off Manchester United squad
Arsenal forward says that he had been in contact with Paul Pogba and would have been happy to play in his place against United.
He says Ronaldo’s inclusion in the United squad ‘would have been my choice’ – and he is adamant that his future will be decided by the manager who selects him.
“I spoke with Paul and he said he was keen to play,” the 28-year-old told the BBC in an interview.
“If I had played that game or one before it, it would have been my decision. I have the utmost respect for him as a footballer and as a person.
“He wants to make the United team better and I hope that his next move will be to sign for Barcelona.
“It would have been my choice, as I have always said, that I would have played in the centre of midfield.”
His comments come ahead of a United clash with Chelsea that is widely tipped to be his last as the club’s talisman hopes to end his United career with a stunning treble at the club in May.
‘Pogba could have played for City’
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is said to have been in contact with United to ask if the Brazilian could replace Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
Raiola has previously suggested that the midfielder could make a return to City after his spell at Juventus, although Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to remain hopeful of keeping him at the club.
The Red Devils have already made a move for £35million striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been a target for a number of top clubs, including Real and Barcelona.
Raiola has also confirmed that Pogba, like Wayne Rooney in England, has been offered a new contract by the club.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also been in touch with Pogba’s representative, Mino Raiola.