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Usain Bolt would be heartbroken to see Cristiano Ronaldo exit Manchester United

Usain Bolt says that Cristiano Ronaldo has been Manchester United's heartbeat, and that he can understand why the striker has been critical of the club recently.

Usain Bolt says that Cristiano Ronaldo has been Manchester United’s “heartbeat,” and that he can understand why the striker has been critical of the club recently.

Ronaldo has been criticized this week after giving an explosive interview to Piers Morgan in which he said he felt “betrayed” by United and had no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo is getting ready to go to his fifth World Cup with Portugal, but United has said they will take “appropriate steps” against him.

Gary Neville, a former United defender, has said that the club should get out of Ronaldo’s contract, but Bolt, who has won eight Olympic gold medals, would be sad to see him leave.

When Sky Sports asked Bolt about the future of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on Sunday, he said: “Yes, I’m sad to see him go, do you know what I mean?

“It’s Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s been, as far as I can say, Manchester United’s heartbeat. He’s done so well for the club.

“For me, it’s going to be stressful to see him go, but I understand what he’s saying. I watched the interview, so I know what’s going on.”

Last season, Ronaldo led United in goals with 24 in all competitions, but since Ten Hag took over as manager before the new season, he hasn’t played as much.

This season, the 37-year-old has only started four Premier League games for United. He scored once, in a 2-1 win at Everton last month.