Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has condemned Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates’ decision to leave the stadium before the end of the game against Rayo Vallecano, insisting that the idea is ‘unacceptable’.
Man United ended their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday. Just when many thought it couldn’t go worse from there for Manchester United, reports emerged that the likes of Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot left Old Trafford before the final whistle against the La Liga side.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains keen on leaving Manchester United this summer for a club that will partake in this season’s Champions League despite Ten Hag’s attempts to convince him otherwise, attracted widespread criticism from fans for his action, with many suggesting that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did that to force his move this summer.
This happened after Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag appeared to have a disagreement on tactics during talks in the first half against Rayo and that was his first appearance under the Dutchman, having missed United’s tour in the far East and Australia.
Speaking about the incident, Ten Hag told AD.NL: “I certainly don’t condone this. This is unacceptable. For everyone. We are a team and you have to stay until the end.”
The Manchester United boss also confirmed it wasn’t only Ronaldo who left the pitch, stating: “There were more who did this.”
Erik ten Hag had hauled off Cristiano Ronaldo at half time with Amad Diallo, who would score the opener shortly after his cameo.
Manchester United will begin their new Premier League season with a home game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday and Ronaldo is expected to start on the bench, while Anthony Martial leads the attack.