Roy Keane unhappy with Manchester United’s ‘disrespect’ towards Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has accused the club of being “disrespectful” to Cristiano Ronaldo by letting him sit on the substitutes’ bench.

The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar, who started just one Premier League game this season, failed to make it onto the pitch in Sunday’s 6-3 derby win at Manchester City. Coach Erik ten Hag later revealed that he had not used him as a player, a mark of respect.

However, Keane, who played alongside Ronaldo during his first spell at Old Trafford, insists the opposite is true and that the club would have been better off allowing him to return in the summer just a year after his sensational return to leave.

After the game, the Irishman told Sky Sports: “I think Man United are just showing disrespect towards Ronaldo. I think he should have been sacked before the transfer window.

“I think the manager is sticking with him. Okay, you say you need options, but you don’t state that Ronaldo is on the bench. He’s one of the greatest players of all time.

“He had options. This notion that he had no options is nonsense; He had options, four or five very good options.

“Okay, today the manager brought [Anthony] Martially on and he scored two goals, so yes, that’s justified, but overall: he won’t play against Ronaldo, we know that. He’s played in a European game or two.

“As the season progresses, it just gets uglier. Okay, Ronaldo is motivated because of the upcoming World Cup, but when he’s on the bench week after week, that’s not good. It only gets ugly.

“I think United have shown nothing but disrespect towards Ronaldo. They should have let him go when the opportunity presented itself. Like I said, he had options to leave, I know that for a fact, and holding him down to sit on the bench is ridiculous for a player of his stature, I think.

Keane’s comments came as he viewed the wreckage of a defeat he described as “very embarrassing”.

Hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden ensured the reigning Premier League champions, who led 4-0 at the break, drove to victory at the Etihad Stadium. Roy Keane unhappy with Manchester United’s ‘disrespect’ towards Cristiano Ronaldo

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