Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation at Carrington has gone from bad to worse, with Erik ten Hag deciding to take a bold stance against the superstar’s behaviour.
The Portuguese took away the limelight from Manchester United’s impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night by walking down the tunnel in the 89th minute. The Athletic later confirmed he wasn’t in the dressing room when his teammates returned to celebrate and left the ground altogether.
Initially, it was believed that Ronaldo wasn’t happy with Ten Hag’s decision to overlook him on the bench in favour of bringing in Anthony Elanga and Christian Eriksen late in the game. It is now being reported that he refused to come on as a substitute.
Ten Hag, who’s responsible for discipline in the first team, has made the Portugal international train alone. He won’t be part of United’s travelling squad to face Chelsea in west London as well.
The Dutchman has the full backing of United as a club and has also received overwhelming support from the United faithful for his strict action. However, Ronaldo fans aren’t very pleased with the decision.
A show of strength from Erik ten Hag. His decision, fully endorsed by United hierarchy.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) October 20, 2022
People were defending Cristiano Ronaldo saying Ten Hag disrespected him by making him warm-up twice, only for the truth to surface that he actually REFUSED to come on.
Manchester United legend but NEVER bigger than the club.
— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) October 20, 2022
— ً (@TheFergusonWay) October 20, 2022
Disgraceful. Ten Hag once again opting to humiliate the greatest footballer in history & Utd’s top scorer last season… @Cristiano should find another club asap where they treat him with the respect he’s earned. https://t.co/gSMYwGxEbb
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 20, 2022
So Ronaldo never turned up for pre-season, went home early against Rayo & refused to come on as a sub last night & went home early before the FT whistle, but Ten Hag’s being the disrespectful one here apparently.
— 🔰 (@UtdRyan_) October 20, 2022
Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who was already struggling to start under the new United boss, has only made things worse for him.
Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are nailed on to play ahead of the 37-year-old for the time being. Further, his petulant actions could put off interested clubs from making a move in the January transfer window.