Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped by manager Erik ten Hag and will not be included in the Manchester United squad for Saturday’s game against Chelsea in the Premier League.
Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel in the final moments of United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday after being left on the bench by Ten Hag, taking the shine off an impressive team performance.
After the game, the United manager said he would ‘negotiate’ with Ronaldo following his early departure and Ten Hag has now decided the 37-year-old will not be part of his plans ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.
The United hierarchy has been fully supportive of Ten Hag and a statement from the club read: “Cristiano will not be part of the Manchester United squad for this Saturday’s game against Chelsea. The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for this game.”
Ronaldo will not train with the United squad for the next three days ahead of the game against Chelsea, which comes after the club’s best performance of the season so far in defeating Spurs at Old Trafford.
United’s statement also comes amid reports that Ronaldo refused to come on against Tottenham after the striker was demoted to the bench after two starts without a goal against Omonia in the Europa League and Newcastle in the Premier League.
Ronaldo returned to United last summer, 11 years after leaving the club to sign for Real Madrid for a world-record fee, but his second spell at Old Trafford has been a turbulent one.
The Portugal international was targeting a move this summer after United’s worst season in the Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League, but the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been unable to find a new club.
Ronaldo did not travel with United on his pre-season tour of Australia and Thailand and his first start of the season ended in an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
Ten Hag then benched Ronaldo and although he scored his 700th club goal earlier this month after a substitute game against Everton, he was frustrated to be substituted in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle after making a rare start had in the Premier League.
After the win over Tottenham was overshadowed by Ronaldo’s departure, Ten Hag told reporters: “I’m not paying attention, I’ll take care of it tomorrow. I want to focus on the team, it was a great performance from all 11 players.
“It was also a performance by the subs who came on. It was a team effort. We’ll take care of it tomorrow. What we saw today was 11 players defending, 11 players attacking, there was a lot of momentum.
“I’m happy with that. I won’t say I’m happy because good isn’t good enough, that has to be the standard at Manchester United.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/cristiano-ronaldo-dropped-manchester-united-ten-hag-b2207182.html Cristiano Ronaldo was eliminated from the Manchester United squad after storming the tunnel