Erik Ten Hag Reveals Cristiano Ronaldo's Feelings Amid Man United Exit Rumors

Erik Ten Hag Reveals Cristiano Ronaldo's Feelings Amid Man United Exit Rumors

  • Erik Ten Hag insists Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Manchester United despite being left out of the Manchester derby
  • Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the latest wave of rumours
  • Ten Hag further addressed Ronaldo’s importance to the team amid accusations that the Portuguese star was disrespected on Sunday

Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag has come out to diffuse rumours that he is keen on allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club in January.

Rumours have been rife that Cristiano is set for the Old Trafford exit door as early as January 2024, especially after he was snubbed as a substitute in the Manchester derby.

With United trailing their local rivals by four goals, Ten Hag opted to introduce the likes of Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Fred and Victor Lindelof, completely overlooking the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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Cristiano Ronaldo smiles and gives the thumbs-up from the substitutes' bench before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United on October 2, 2022. Photo by Simon Stacpoole.
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Ahead of United’s trip to Omonia in Cyprus, the United boss was on media duty, where he shed more light on the Ronaldo equation.

Asked whether leaving out Cristiano Ronaldo was because he was planning for a future without the star, Ten Hag said in a clip shared by Sky Sports.

“I can’t see the relation (between not bringing Ronaldo on and his future),”
“When we are 4-0 down, 5-1 down, 6-1 down. I didn’t bring him on out or respect It had nothing to do with what is happening for the future,”

The former Ajax man was also asked about Ronaldo’s mood and whether he was negatively affecting the squad.

“I don’t see that he is unhappy. He is training well and enjoying. Everyone is training well and there is a good spirit so that is not a point (sic),” he went on.

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Ronaldo currently only had a solitary goal this season, which came from the penalty spot in the Europa League.

The 37-year-old has also only made one start in the league so far this season, but is in contention to be selected on Thursday, October 6.

Ronaldo handed de Bruyne shirt after derby defeat

Sports Brief also earlier reported of how Cristiano Ronaldo granted Kevin De Bruyne's request, despite his side suffering an embarrassing defeat.

The Belgian is believed to have asked for Ronaldo's shirt before the derby and he ended up getting it after the match.

The 31-year-old was once again instrumental for his side by bagging two assists, as Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each grabbed hat tricks.

Source: Sports Brief News