After United sacked Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick came in.
A man who, according to Ronaldo, he hadn’t even heard of prior to his appointment.
“Deep inside me, I never saw him as the boss because I saw some points that I never agreed with and he’s stopping the time as well because if you’re not being a coach, then the next five years you’re going to lose the identity of, to be a coach, so it surprised me a lot,” he told Morgan.
“But in the same way it doesn’t surprise me a lot because if you see the structures, they keep them the same.
“So the coaches didn’t surprise me but, it was a tough moment, not only for me, but for the rest of the players.”
Behind the scenes, Ronaldo knew Rangnick was telling United chiefs to part ways with their No 7 at the end of the season.
It is something he would deny publicly but it lead to the pair having an uneasy, if professional, relationship together.