Confusion as Cristiano Ronaldo Spotted Leaving Old Trafford Early During Rayo Vallecano Friendly

Confusion as Cristiano Ronaldo Spotted Leaving Old Trafford Early During Rayo Vallecano Friendly

  • Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Manchester United fold on Sunday, July 31, as the team faced Rayo Vallecano in a friendly
  • The striker's appearance in the clash came at a time he is facing an uncertain future with the Red Devils
  • Reports suggest the Portuguese talisman did not see out the rest of the match as he was spotted leaving the stadium before the final whistle
  • Ronaldo was withdrawn from the match after 45 minutes, with Amad Diallo replacing him in the second half

Cristiano Ronaldo could not wait until the final whistle during Manchester United's friendly clash with Rayo Vallecano, with the veteran striker spotted leaving Old Trafford early.

Ronaldo was part of Erik ten Hag's starting XI during the Sunday, July 31 clash as he made his return to the fold for the first time since the end of last season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo runs out to warm up with Raphael Varane prior to the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford. Photo by Ash Donelon.
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The 37-year-old has widely been linked with a possible summer exit, with fears initially rife that he could depart the club.

However, the veteran forward put the speculation surrounding his future behind him to make the team that played Rayo Vallecano at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Old Trafford early

While Ten Hag named a weak team for the clash, Ronaldo struggled to make an impact in the opening 45 minutes.

He was subsequently subbed off at the interval, with youngster Amad Diallo introduced in his place.

However, Metro UK reports that the decision may not have gone down well with the Portuguese as he was seen leaving the stadium before the end of the match.

The publication claims that Ronaldo was pictured signing autographs for a handful of fans who were outside Old Trafford and had already positioned themselves at the exit.

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Meanwhile, Diallo's introduction made an instant impact in the match, with the Ivorian breaking the deadlock after just three minutes.

But United's lead was short-lived as they conceded almost 10 minutes later after Alvaro Garcia Rivera found the back of the net for the visitors.

Atletico Madrid hand Ten Hag first defeat

As Sports Brief reported earlier, Erik Ten Hag suffered his first defeat as Manchester United boss as the Red Devils succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, July 30.

The Los Colchineros took the lead with five minutes remaining after Alvaro Morata held up the ball well for Felix, who did brilliantly to turn Dalot and fire a shot in the corner.

Christian Eriksen also played his first game in a Manchester United shirt.

Source: Sports Brief News