“The second time there has to be consequences” – Erik ten Hag sends out assertive message after decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from Chelsea game
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has explained the Red Devils’ decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from the squad ahead of their trip to Chelsea. Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Wednesday (October 19). Despite beating Antonio Conte’s side convincingly, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who made the headlines.
The forward was relegated to the bench after starting in consecutive league games against Everton and Newcastle United. It looked like he could come on as a substitute against Spurs, but he was spotted storming down the tunnel in the 89th minute of the match. Cristiano Ronaldo also left Old Trafford before the final whistle and did not join his teammates for post-match celebrations. It has also emerged that he refused to come on as a late substitute on Wednesday.
Ten Hag, though, intends to take no prisoners and has decided to drop the player from Manchester United’s squad to face Chelsea. The Red Devils are scheduled to face the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (October 22).
Ten Hag has now revealed that he warned Cristiano Ronaldo after he did the same during a pre-season match against Rayo Vallecano. The Dutchman dubbed the 37-year-old’s actions as unacceptable and stressed that there have to be consequences for the same. He was quoted as saying by BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone:
“I am the manager. I am responsible for the culture, I have to set the standards and values. After Rayo Vallecano, I said it [leaving early] was unacceptable. The second time there has to be consequences. Football is a team sport. You have to set certain standards.”