Ten Hag clashes with Ronaldo over Man United friendly exit: ‘It is unacceptable’

Manager Erik ten Hag has branded Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave Old Trafford during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano as “unacceptable”.

Ronaldo started the game but was substituted at half-time. He was pictured leaving the stadium before the full-time whistle blew.

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Diogo Dalot was also departed at the same time despite not being in the squad after playing against Atletico Madrid 24 hours earlier in Oslo.

At a media day in Carrington on Tuesday, Ten Hag was asked if players were leaving early.

“It’s unacceptable for everyone,” he told Viaplay Sport Netherlands. “I tell them it’s unacceptable. We’re a team. A squad. We’ll be together until the end.”

Sources told ESPN that Ten Hag asked the entire squad, including those appearing against Atletico, to have a meal together ahead of the Rayo game. The team selected for Oslo were also instructed to watch the game at the stadium, either in the directors’ box or in their own hospitality suites.

Ronaldo’s early exit comes amid doubts about his future at Old Trafford.

Sources told ESPN that Ronaldo wants to leave this summer to continue playing in the Champions League.

However, United have yet to receive an offer and clubs including Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have all distanced themselves from a move.

Ronaldo, 37, missed the pre-summer tour of Thailand and Australia to deal with a family issue but returned to training last week.

United start the Premier League season with a home game against Brighton on Sunday.

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Emma Bowman

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