The Dutch coach reconsidered his decision not to use the fivefold Golden Ball on Sunday, during the Manchester derby won 6-3 by City.
Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for the derby against Manchester City? It’s possible. And this is the option taken by the Manchester United coach, Erik ten Hag. Not a surprise, knowing that « CR7 » has been regularly confined to a substitute status in recent weeks under the orders of the Dutch technician, like the former captain of the Red Devils Harry Maguire for that matter. Ten Hag, however, did not see fit to bring Ronaldo off the bench as his team took the broth against Pep Guardiola’s players.
Already 4-0 at the break for the Citizens. In the end, the former coach of Ajax Amsterdam made five changes in this meeting, successively bringing in Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Fred. Not Cristiano Ronaldo, who remained glued to the bench while his little comrades were corrected by the reigning English champions (6-3 final score), led by an Erling Haaland who saw triple like his partner Phil Foden.
A choice which Erik ten Hag explained after the meeting, at a press conference. « I didn’t bring him in out of respect for his great career“said the 52-year-old, a former pupil of Guardiola at Bayern Munich, adding that Martial”need the minutes« . The tricolor striker also split a double.
It has not finished talking
One thing is certain: this decision and the post-match comments will not fail to make people talk across the Channel. With various bell sounds. Former MU Gary Neville, for example, sided with Erik ten Hag, confirming that it would have been « an insultto involve the former Real star in this debacle. Also a former Manchester United figure, Roy Keane took the opposite view from his former teammate. Noting that « CR7was selected this summer and recalling that it is a question here of « one of the greatest players of all time“, the ex-Mancunian captain believes that”United showed nothing but disrespect to Ronaldo« . « It’s just gonna get uglier as the season progresses“, still provides Roy Keane at the microphone of the chain Sky Sports. It promises…
In the meantime, MU, which has been doing well in recent weeks, has taken a severe slap. « We lacked conviction from the start. In the last five games we had strong conviction, today it was the oppositeregrets Ten Hag. And to continue:We let them play. In possession, we weren’t brave enough, we made mistakes and made bad decisions. There are never any excuses in top-level football, you have to deliver results, but it is normal that in our process we have setbacks. We just have to learn from it.»
Next meetings for Erik ten Hag, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United? Thursday in the Europa League on the ground of Omonia Nicosia then Sunday, at Goodison Park, against Everton in the Premier League, before playing three matches in a row at Old Trafford against Nicosia again, then Newcastle and Tottenham.