Erik ten Hag does not want Cristiano Ronaldo to play for Manchester United again
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed his demands to the club as the gaffer does not want Cristiano Ronaldo to play for the Red Devils again, according to ESPN.
The Dutch manager sat down with co-chairman Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough. They discussed the Portugal international’s statements in his talks with Piers Morgan.
In the interview, the 37-year-old stated that he did not respect Ten Hag. And the gaffer has not taken kindly to the forward’s criticism, feeling he has gone too far.
Within the squad as well, Ronaldo has not made any friends with his outburst. Some players were not happy with the timing of the interview. It came out a few hours after United’s emphatic late win against Fulham, in which Alejandro Garnacho scored the winner in stoppage time.
While the Dutch manager still feels the Portuguese icon could contribute a lot to the team in the second half of the campaign, he is not willing to take the risk. Instead, the gaffer values the unity within the team and is willing to let the five-time Ballon d’Or winner leave in January.
Ronaldo was recently reprimanded by the club when he refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese star was consequently suspended for the game against Chelsea.
However, the Dutch manager has given the 37-year-old a run in the team since then. He was even handed the captain’s armband against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
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But the interview seems to be the last straw. Ronaldo has not had the best of seasons in terms of his numbers and the antics have not helped his cause either. Thus, it would be best for the 37-year-old to part ways with United in January.