“It’s difficult” – Graham Potter weighs in on Cristiano Ronaldo treatment at Manchester United

"It's difficult" - Graham Potter weighs in on Cristiano Ronaldo treatment at Manchester United

Graham Potter has claimed that he cannot talk about Manchester United’s treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo because he doesn’t know what actually happened.

Man United boss Erik ten Hag has suspended Ronaldo from the first team for the next three days after he refused to come on as a substitute during Manchester United’s game against Tottenham.

Ten Hag was keen on involving Ronaldo in the game against Spurs but the Portuguese star stormed down the tunnel before the final whistle.

Cristiano Ronaldo will train alone for three days, ruling him out of the weekend game against Chelsea, and has reportedly been fined two weeks of salary.

Manchester United backed Erik ten Hag’s disciplinary move on Ronaldo but still, Graham Potter wasn’t sure about what happened and as a result, he couldn’t comment on the issue.

“I can’t really comment, he’s [Erik ten Hag] taken his stance,” Potter said ahead of the clash. “Then you need the club to support. It’s difficult for me to comment because I don’t really know what’s happened, I don’t want to go off headlines.”

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Erik ten Hag said: “I am the manager, I am responsible for the culture here and I have to set standards and values and I have to control them. In the team, we have values and standards and I have to control that.

“After [Ronaldo left early against Rayo] Vallecano, I told him it was unacceptable but not him everyone, this is the second time, there are consequences. We miss him tomorrow.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo not being part of Manchester United’s first team, the Dutchman added: “It’s a miss for the squad but it’s important for the attitude and mentality of the group and now we have to focus on Chelsea as that is important.”