‘Mission accomplished !’ United legend Scholes backs the club’s decision to split with Ronaldo

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes didn’t appear to be upset by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal forward, 37, left Old Trafford by mutual consent after ripping up the final seven months of his contract worth £16million.

It followed his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week when he criticised the club, the Glazers, manager Erik ten Hag and his team-mates.

United announced Ronaldo had left with immediate effect on Tuesday and Scholes was less than complimentary when reacting to the news on social media.

In an Instagram Story post, which now appears to be deleted, Scholes wrote: “Mission accomplished… a***d!”

Ronaldo’s exit has been agreed by mutual consent but Sportsmail can reveal that United have not paid any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.

United’s lawyers have been looking to tear it up since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan aired in two parts last week.

A terse statement released on Tuesday evening read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

‘The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

‘Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.’

Ronaldo released his own statement following the news, writing: ‘Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

‘I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

‘I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.’