And the tricky winger is blaming English Premier League football and the referees. I know, that sounds absurd, but it's true. Or maybe it's a smoke-screen from the Old Trafford boardroom to help soften the blow when he leaves for Spain in the summer.
The relationship between Ronaldo and leading referees appears to have disintegrated and, while United accept that the Portugal winger is partly to blame, they argue his apparent disrespect for match officials is his response to their failure to protect him.
'In relation to the incident when he punched the corner flag, the referee did not see that and we have written to Wayne Rooney reminding him of his responsibilities.'