Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has surprisingly conceded he would like to see Arsenal win the Premier League this campaign.
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Ronaldo has been making headlines after taking part in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan, where he made claims about the state of United and criticised his current and former teammates, as well as Erik ten Hag.
In the second part of the interview, which aired on Thursday evening, more revelations were made, some shocking and some more light-hearted, with Morgan, himself an Arsenal fan, asking him if he would like to see the Gunners lift the Premier League trophy.
Going into the World Cup break, Arsenal are currently top of the table, five points clear of Manchester City and 11 ahead of United, though the Red Devils are the only side to have beaten the Gunners in the league so far this season.
It has given real hope to fans that Mikel Arteta’s side can win their first title since 2003/04 – the season where Ronaldo made his first debut for United.
Ronaldo was close to joining Arsenal instead of United, even having a meeting with then-manager Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry in London, before Sir Alex Ferguson came calling.
Answering Morgan’s question, the Portuguese star said on TalkTV: ‘I hope so,’ before, quickly adding: ‘Manchester first, and if not, Arsenal is some team that I like to see play.
‘I like the team. I like the coach. I think they have a good team. And if Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, I will be happy if Arsenal do.’
The Premier League is of course on hold until Boxing Day while the Qatar World Cup takes place, with Ronaldo looking to win the tournament on what will certainly be his fifth and final attempt.
Discussing Portugal’s chances he said: ‘I am very optimistic. We have a fantastic coach, we have a good generation of football players.
‘I’m looking forward that we’re going to it an amazing World Cup. [It’s] gonna be tough. Extremely difficult. But everything is possible. But of course we’re gonna compete.’