Erik ten Hag said it was “not right” that Cristiano Ronaldo was criticized for his early departure after the friendly with Rayo Vallecano as other Manchester United players were also involved.
Ten Hag said this week it was “unacceptable” that players left Old Trafford before the final whistle of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with LaLiga side Rayo.
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But the Dutchman has hit back at what he feels is unfair treatment of Ronaldo because the 37-year-old wasn’t the only one to leave early.
“Now I have to point out, those who have left, there have been a lot of players who have left, but the spotlight is on Cristiano, that’s not right, so do your research and realize that many players have left,” said Ten Hag at a press conference on Friday.
“You mention it, correct it, and then move on. I think we’ve said enough about that. I said it’s not right.”
Despite missing United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia to resolve a family issue, Ronaldo could face Brighton on Sunday after Anthony Martial picked up a hamstring injury.
Ronaldo has only played 45 minutes of football this summer but Ten Hag lack options up front.
“I’m happy with the whole team, we work well, good culture and Cristiano works really hard and hard,” added Ten Hag.
“I am really happy [to have Ronaldo]. I already told you we have a top striker, I’m really happy he’s here in the squad and we’re sticking to the plan.”
Sources have told ESPN that United are still looking for a midfielder and a striker before the September 1 deadline.
A move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is underway but Ten Hag insists he is happy with his squad ahead of the start of the Premier League season this weekend.
“It’s about the right players and I can’t comment on players who are at another club,” he said.
“If you work with the current roster and develop players in your current roster, we have players in that position at that moment [midfield] and perform really well.
“I have a squad and I’m happy with the current squad, we’re making good progress, I’m happy with the signings so far. You don’t need a player, you need the right player, we’re working on that.” to the.
“If it’s not the right player, no, we need the right players.”
https://www.espn.com/soccer/manchester-united-engman_utd/story/4713706/man-united-boss-ten-hag-says-criticism-of-cristiano-ronaldo-for-leaving-early-not-right Man United boss Ten Hag says criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo for leaving early “not right”