Man Utd have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will ‘not be part’ of their squad for this weekend’s game against Chelsea after his antics on Wednesday night.
PA News Agency are reporting that Erik ten Hag ‘made the call to omit Ronaldo’ from Man Utd‘s squad for this weekend’s game versus Chelsea.
Ronaldo left United’s bench before full-time in Wednesday’s convincing 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
The 37-year-old cut a frustrated figure trudging down the tunnel in the 89th minute, having remained an unused substitute for the win over Spurs.
“Cristiano will not be part of the Manchester United squad for this Saturday’s game against Chelsea,” read a club statement.
“The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that fixture.”
Ten Hag responded to Ronaldo’s actions straight after the match on Wednesday night, pledging to handle the situation.
“I don’t pay attention to that, I will deal with that tomorrow,” he said.
“I want to keep the focus on the team, it was a magnificent performance from all the 11 players.
“It was a performance also from the subs that came on. It was a squad performance. We deal with that tomorrow.
“What we have seen today was 11 players who defend, 11 players who attack, there was a lot of dynamic.
“I am pleased with that. I will not say I am satisfied because good is not good enough, that has to be the standard at Manchester United.”
And the former Ajax boss appears to have moved to take command of an at-best challenging situation.
Ronaldo was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, but no suitable option presented itself.
The veteran forward has made his feelings increasingly known on his dissatisfaction with a cameo role at Old Trafford.
But now United’s Dutch boss is thought to have adopted a no-nonsense stance, putting the onus back on Ronaldo.
A separate report from The Athletic has provided further details. They state that Ronaldo was ‘made to train alone’ on Thursday.
This comes after he ‘refused to come on as a substitute’ against Tottenham. Ten Hag’s decision has been made with the ‘full backing’ of United’s board.
It is said that Ronaldo is still viewed as an ‘important part of the squad’, though he appears to be growing apart from the rest of the squad.
This is because his absence ‘didn’t make a ripple in the dressing room’ as United’s stars ‘celebrated’ the victory over Spurs without the Ballon d’Or winner.
Ten Hag only made three substitutions against Tottenham so he was free to make two more before the final whistle if he desired.
Scott McTominay was brought on for Antony with 14 minutes to go. Anthony Elanga and Christian Eriksen then replaced Jadon Sancho and Casemiro two minutes before Ronaldo stormed off.
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