Ronaldo slammed by Ten Hag
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Erik ten Hag has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for his “unacceptable” behavior. This happened after seeing the striker leave Manchester United’s final pre-season game against Rayo Vallecano before the final whistle.
The Portuguese forward was replaced at halftime against Rayo Vallecano. Thus, he left the stadium before the end of the game.
After an extended summer break, Ronaldo returned to the Red Devils’ starting line-up at Old Trafford. In the first game, he played the first 45 minutes before being replaced by Amad Diallo.
The 37-year-old was photographed leaving the stadium before full-time and was later reported to have been joined by Diogo Dalot and several other players.
What did Ten Hag say about Ronaldo leaving early?
Manchester United officials made it clear they had no problem with Ronaldo and them returning home early, but Ten Hag insisted they did not have his permission.
When questioned about Ronaldo’s behavior, the Dutchman told Viaplay Sport: “Of course not, it’s not acceptable. For everyone. I told him it was not acceptable. We are a team, a team, and you have to stay until the end.”
Will Ronaldo leave Manchester United this summer?
GOAL confirmed in early July that Ronaldo had informed the board of his intention to leave the club to pursue Champions League football.
Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich have been linked with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. Still, his future remains unclear ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League opener against Brighton on Sunday.
He called on Den Haag to “get involved” with Ronaldo.
Former Manchester United assistant manager Chris Armas, who served alongside interim boss Ralf Rangnick for the second half of the 2021-22 season, has given Ten Hague advice on handling Ronaldo.
The veteran forward has scored 12 goals in 19 Premier League games, while Armas has been part of the backroom staff. Therefore, the American believes that one-on-one communication is the best way to get the best out of him.
“It’s a hands-on approach, talking to him, bringing him to the office, asking questions, so he’s part of the decisions and the success,” Armas told Sky Sports.
“My job was to work out how to get that fire, experience, and talent and be able to challenge. I think the most important thing is the relationship with Cristiano. “He has so much to give, his commitment to winning and scoring goals. Every guy has a different type of leadership. He can be a leader in his own way and my goal, like in every team, was to tell him how I could get the most out of Cristiano.”