Cristiano Ronaldo’s half-time exit at Old Trafford is ‘unacceptable’, says Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag | Soccer News

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early departure from Old Trafford in Sunday’s friendly with Rayo Vallecano was “unacceptable”, according to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

The Portuguese striker was seen leaving United’s stadium at half-time in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the La Liga side, the club’s final pre-season friendly before the start of the new season of the Premier League.

Ronaldo was pictured leaving Old Trafford with his United team-mate Diogo Dalot, but unlike his compatriot, the defender had not been included in the club’s squad to play Vallecano.

Cristiano Ronaldo was hooked at half-time against Vallecano

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Cristiano Ronaldo played 45 minutes and reportedly left the stadium before the end of the match as Manchester United drew with Rayo Vallecano.

However, the 37-year-old – whose future at United is uncertain with reports he wants to leave to play for a club competing in the Champions League next season – had played in the first half against the Spaniards, before being replaced at the interval.

I certainly don’t endorse that. This is unacceptable. For everyone. We are a team and you must stay until the end

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag

Ten Hag, however, was unimpressed with Ronaldo’s actions, told Dutch media AD and Viaplay that even if “he was not the only one to leave after half-time, I tell them (the players) that it is unacceptable. That we are a team, and that we must stay until the end. “

Ronaldo was absent for United’s recent pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia as he dealt with a family issue and only returned to training last week when he and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have had further discussions about his future.

Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United training ground
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to United’s training ground last week

United however insist they will not sanction the sale of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is firmly in Ten Hag’s plans, although the new United boss has admitted the player is still far behind his team-mates in terms of physical condition.

“He’s not at the level of the rest of the team because he’s missed a lot of weeks,” Ten Hag said. Viaplay ahead of Sunday’s clash with Rayo. “But he needs games and he needs training, a lot.”

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Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was seen leaving Old Trafford before the end of their pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano, although the club say they have no problem with it.

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How can Ten Hag keep Ronaldo happy at Man Utd?

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Former Manchester United assistant manager Chris Armas has said the club need to keep ‘leader’ Cristiano Ronaldo and that reports of dressing room unrest under Ralf Rangnick are false.

Ex-Manchester United manager Chris Armas explained how Ten Hag can keep Ronaldo at the club.

Armas served as Ralf Rangnick’s assistant during the German’s six-month tenure as caretaker manager, during which time there were a number of reported leaks in the Old Trafford dressing room and rumors about his relationship with striker Ronaldo.

This intense speculation about the Portuguese has remained since Ten Hag’s appointment. Ronaldo has missed most of United’s pre-season for family reasons and told the club last week he still wanted to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on September 1.

Armas explained how he tried to get the most out of the five-time Ballon D’Or winner, who scored 12 Premier League goals in 19 games during Rangnick’s tenure, and how Ten Hag could try to beat his helpless striker.


“It’s a hands-on approach, talking with him, bringing him into the office, asking him questions, so he’s part of the solutions and part of the success,” he said.

“It was my job to figure out how to get all that fire, experience and talent and challenge it as much as possible. I think the most important thing is to engage with Cristiano.

“He has so much to give, his commitment to winning and scoring, every guy has his own type of leadership. He can be a leader in his own way, and my goal, like everyone else in the team, was to say how can I get the best out of Cristiano.

“When you talk, at the highest level, about seeing a professional and what winning means to Ronaldo, what scoring goals means to him – he’s part of the team, a big part of the team and that is a guy who produced.”

Is Ronaldo running out of options?

Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:

“As we’ve seen on Instagram, Ronaldo has stayed fit so Manchester United aren’t worried about his fitness or his physical level; he’s one of the fittest players in world football.

“At the end of the day, Ronaldo has declared his desire to leave Old Trafford, but he’s running out of options, and it looks like he’s going to have to stay. Maybe he’ll try to tip it where the pay cut is. 25% in his contract will cause him to be waived by United.

”Maybe he wants to maneuver and muscle a new deal, we’ll have to wait and see. But it doesn’t look like Stamford Bridge is on its cards.

“Chelsea walked away from a deal for Ronaldo, as did Bayern Munich, Napoli and many other elite clubs that Jorge Mendes, who is Ronaldo’s agent, tried to sell him to.

“An offer from Saudi Arabia is astronomical but ultimately it doesn’t give Cristiano Ronaldo what he wants, which is that legacy. He wants to achieve Champions League records that he thinks no one else will be able to reach in the future.

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The Transfer Show panel discuss possible destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo as the Manchester United striker’s future is yet to be resolved.

“He wants to sign at the absolute top level. Now it looks more and more like he will have to stay at Manchester United because there are no big club biters.

“Everyone has their strikers already, and Chelsea, who are the only club that look like they could potentially be turned by what Cristiano Ronaldo offers off the pitch.

”We’ve been told that Mendes, while being ahead of these clubs, puts forward his numbers in terms of influence on social media, sponsorship he garners, commercial gain from his shirt sales and things like that.

”But even they now say he’s not in their plans. Their immediate objective is to strengthen the defense.

“So it really doesn’t leave much choice for Ronaldo. We know he wants to compete at the highest level, so if he goes to Saudi Arabia it goes against everything he’s said and of everything we really know about him and his career.

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“Manchester United have always been very calm and very comfortable. They insisted he was not for sale, and he will see the last year of his contract. We will see how they maneuver now, but Ronaldo stays fit, so they have no issues, no issues or fears as to what condition he will report in pre-season.”

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