Man United Legend Slams Erik ten Hag for Snubbing Cristiano Ronaldo During the Manchester Derby

Man United Legend Slams Erik ten Hag for Snubbing Cristiano Ronaldo During the Manchester Derby

  • Roy Keane has expressed his disappointment with Erik ten Hag for overlooking Cristiano Ronaldo during the Manchester derby
  • Ronaldo was was one of only four unused substitutes during Man United's clash against rivals Man City
  • Keane contends the decision not to involve the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was a sign of disrespect from Man United
  • The veteran striker has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks, with his lack of involvement denying him an opportunity to score goals

Man United legend Roy Keane has taken issue with Erik ten Hag's decision to snub Cristiano Ronaldo during the Manchester derby.

Ronaldo played no role for United during the mouthwatering clash as they were ripped apart by Man City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, October 2.

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A dejected Cristiano Ronaldo at full time of the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium. Photo by James Williamson.
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The Red Devils were far from their best during the encounter, with City staging a masterclass to condemn them to a 6-3 embarrassing defeat.

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The Citizens needed just 45 minutes of the first half to score four past Ten Hag's men, with both Erling Haaland and Phil Foden netting a double at the interval.

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With United trailing, it was anticipated Ten Hag would introduce Ronaldo, who was named on the bench during the fixture.

However, the Dutchman opted to sub on Anthony Martial, with the Frenchman managing to grab a brace in his cameo.

Roy Keane slams Ten Hag for snubbing Ronaldo

However, Keane contends it was a sign of disrespect from Ten Hag not to involve Ronaldo in the clash, who was was one of only four unused substitutes.

According to the former Man united skipper, it was wrong for the Red Devils' boss to overlook 'one of the greatest players ever.'

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"I think Man United are showing disrespect to Ronaldo. I think he should have been let go before the [closing] of the window," Keane told Sky Sports via the Daily Mail.
'Okay, you're the manager, you need options but you don't hold onto Ronaldo to sit on the bench. He's one of the greatest players ever," he added.

Source: Sports Brief News