Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was appreciative of the little time he got against Liverpool.
Man United needed to put a stop to their dreadful start to the season, having lost their opening two games that were winnable, and they eventually did it against Liverpool, at least for the time being.
Erik ten Hag needed to see a change of attitude in his side and he dropped the likes of Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench.
The Red Devils were in a superb mood. Their attitude towards every Liverpool’s attempt to get back into the game was excellent and they eventually ended with all three points they deserved.
Erik ten Hag decided to bring in Ronaldo in the 86th minute, when United were planning on defending their 2-1 lead but were also looking out for chances to restore their double lead.
Ten Hag’s decision to drop the Portuguese icon raised several eyebrows but at the end, his gamble paid off when Anthony Elanga, who replaced Ronaldo, gave the assist to Jadon Sancho’s opener.
After the game, Ronaldo took to Instagram to thank the Old Trafford fans for their support.
Cristiano Ronaldo on Insta: “Well done @ManUtd Thank you for your support Old Trafford.”
Erik ten Hag admitted that it was a difficult decision for him to drop the five-time Ballon d’Or winner against Liverpool.
Erik ten Hag told Sky Sports: “It was difficult [dropping Maguire & Ronaldo], but I have decisions to make. I have a squad, and we have to use this squad. We play 50-60 games, so game to game we will see what team we have to pick.”
The Dutchman also thinks Cristiano Ronaldo can adapt to his style of play, despite his age.
Erik ten Hag continued: “I think he can [adapt], and in his whole career and under several managers, he did. Several styles and systems. He always performed. Why can’t he do this?
“His [Ronaldo’s] age is not an issue. If you are young, you are good enough, and when you are old, you still deliver the performance, you are also good enough.”