Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag bites back at Cristiano Ronaldo row


Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has bitten back at reports focusing on Cristiano Ronaldo’s early exit from Old Trafford last Sunday. Ronaldo dominated the headlines after Ten Hag’s first (unofficial) home game as United boss, but he wasn’t the only first-team star to leave at half-time, and the Dutchman has now leapt to his defence.

The 37-year-old striker returned to action against Rayo Vallecano after missing the pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Oslo. He was withdrawn at half-time after getting 45 minutes under his belt as United went on the draw 1-1 with the La Liga outfit.

But Ronaldo caused a media storm after being spotted leaving Old Trafford during the second half, with current speculation surrounding his future only pouring fuel onto the fire. And in an interview with Viaplay in the aftermath, Ten Hag suggested he wasn’t the only one who exited the ground before full-time and labelled the behaviour ‘unacceptable’.

“There were more who did this [leave early],” Ten Hag explained, trying to shift the focus away from Ronaldo. “Absolutely not [I didn’t accept it]. This is unacceptable. I tell them this, that’s unacceptable. We are a team. We are a squad. You have to stay until the end.”

JUST IN: Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag makes Frenkie de Jong transfer declaration

During the pre-match press conference ahead of his first competitive game as United manager, Ten Hag slammed how the ordeal was reported. He urged those reporting on the matter to ‘do their research’ and insisted he’s delighted to have him as part of his squad for the 2022/23 season.

He told reporters: “Now I have to point out, there were many players who left, but the spotlight is on Cristiano [Ronaldo]. That is not right. Do your research and make out that many players left. We have a top striker; I’m really happy he’s here with the squad. We stick to the plan.”

READ MORE: Arsenal star Saliba left team-mate saying ‘wow’ ahead of Palace match

We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures, and video on this breaking news story.
For the latest news and breaking news visit:
Stay up to date with all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion, and video on the stories that matter to you.
Follow us on Twitter @DExpress_Sport – the official Daily Express & Twitter account – providing real news in real-time.
We’re also on Facebook @DailyExpressSport – offering your must-see news, features, videos, and pictures throughout the day to like, comment, and share from the Daily Express, Sunday Express, and


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:



More like this

California deputy arrested after allegations of sexual assault against female inmates

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! ...

Freeview issues fresh warning: Your TV could break this weekend, and you can't stop it

Freeview is warning that the ongoing heatwave could...

Mark Borkowski says we should turn off tech and follow the example of his maverick acts

Marcel Steiner’s miniature theatre...on a motorbike (Image: ...