Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, deemed Cristiano Ronaldo’s early exit from Old Trafford following Sunday’s friendly match against Rayo Vallecano “inappropriate.”
In the club’s final preseason matchup before the start of the new Premier League season, a 1-1 draw with the La Liga team on Sunday, the Portugal forward was observed departing United’s stadium at halftime.
The 37-year-old, whose future at United is in doubt amid rumors that he wants to leave to play for a team in the Champions League next season, had participated in the first half of the match against the Spaniards before being replaced at the break.
However, Ten Hag was not pleased with Ronaldo’s behavior, stating to Dutch media sources AD and Viaplay that while “He wasn’t the only one to leave after halftime, and I tell the players that this is unacceptable. that you must stay all the way to the end and that we are a team.”
Ronaldo missed United’s recent preseason tour of Thailand and Australia due to a family matter, and he didn’t return to training until last week after having additional conversations with his agent, Jorge Mendes, concerning his future.
Despite the fact that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains firmly in Ten Hag’s plans despite being significantly less fit than his teammates, United are adamant that they will not approve the sale of the star.