Manchester United say they have "initiated appropriate steps" to terminate the contract of Cristiano Ronaldo as well as potentially suing him for breach of contract.

In a meeting on Monday, manager Erik ten Hag told club bosses including co-chairman Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough that he does not want Ronaldo back after the World Cup.

Ronaldo has infuriated the club by claiming they have made "zero progress" since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 while also saying he "doesn't respect" Erik ten Hag.

Sources have told ESPN that United are hoping to conclude their action against Ronaldo "as swiftly as possible."