Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says he will address Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday after the Portuguese went through the tunnel before the end of their 2-0 win over Tottenham.
Benched against Spurs, Ronaldo saw his teammates take control of the game thanks to goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes in the second half.
After Ten Hag made it clear he wasn’t coming, Ronaldo made a quick exit that could land him in hot water.
“I don’t pay attention to that, I’ll take care of that tomorrow,” said the Dutchman.
“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.”
He added on Amazon Prime Video: “I saw him (walk), I didn’t speak to him after that. I will take care of it tomorrow.
“Today I enjoyed the performance. We’re celebrating this win and now we need to recover from that and we have a big game against Chelsea, the Premier League is so exciting.”
Unsurprisingly, Ten Hag didn’t reach out to Ronaldo after describing his side’s win as their best performance of the season.
United overwhelmed a poor Tottenham side and would have won by far more had not Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris put in an inspired performance.
In the end, Fred’s deflected try 76 seconds after the restart and Fernande’s sweet finish were enough for the three points to follow home wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.
Ten Hag added: “I’m happy with the team, I think it was the best team performance so far this season, so you see how a team develops, you already see in the last few weeks how we want to play.
“We’re getting better on the pitch every day. Not every game will be like today, but Spurs are a great team and it was really fun to watch.”
Spurs remain third in the Premier League but boss Antonio Conte is not fooled.
That defeat follows a dismal performance in the north London derby earlier this month and a draw at Chelsea in April.
And the Italian said the club must analyze why they are struggling in the big games.
“Not a good game for us for sure, but I have to be honest, and especially with my players, this wasn’t the first time for us, although the table is good, but every time we played a game at a high level, we fight we ,” he said.
“We fought against Chelsea because we drew after 92 minutes but Chelsea dominated the game and with Arsenal we lost and today against United we lost.
“Sure, if the level is high, we will fight. That means we have to keep working to improve, work on and off the pitch.
“We can improve, we have to keep working and it’s certainly true that the club is also very good at analyzing why we’re struggling when we play this type of game where the level is very high.”
Despite being four points behind leaders Arsenal, Conte laughed at suggestions his side are title contenders.
“Sometimes I hear we’re title contenders and I think we need time, in just 10 or 11 months you can’t go from ninth place to title contender a year later, especially when you finish 20 points less than the Monsters in England,” he added.
“We don’t forget last season that United missed the season otherwise United will always have to stay in the Champions League for the story.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/erik-ten-hag-cristiano-ronaldo-manchester-united-antonio-conte-premier-league-b2206503.html Erik ten Hag has to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo after leaving the tunnel prematurely