New Manchester United manager and coach Erik Ten Hag has blasted Cristiano Ronaldo and other man United players for leaving the stadium before the end of the Rayo Vallecano match.
An angered Ten Hag, who could not hold it any longer, has finally reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s early exit after Man United’s last preseason game. The Red Devils ended their preseason run with a disappointing 1-1 draw with newly-promoted La Liga side Rayo Vallecano. After the match, Ronaldo was seen with his backpack hung on his back, leaving the stadium. Other players joined him and exited the stadium in droves.
Ten Hag Ended His Preseason Run On A Disappointing Note
The Manchester United squad was brimming with confidence after a dramatic 4-0 against Liverpool in their first preseason clash. The victory was a morale booster for a fledgling Man United squad. The Red Devils had struggled with the poor performance last season. They finished 6th on the log and will not be playing in the Champions League next season. After a surprising win over Liverpool, the Red Devils went on to trash Melbourne Victory and Crustal Palace.
The remaining three games were a disaster. After suffering defeat by Atletico Madrid, they drew with Aston Villa and Raye Vallecano.
Ronaldo Drama After Rayo Vallecano Match
After a difficult run with Man United on the negotiation table, Ronaldo was featured in the Rayo Vallecano match. Unable to make any mark in the game, Ronaldo was spotted exiting the stadium very early before the match was wrapped up.
Reactions continued to trail his early departure. Some pundits attributed it to the lack of morale after facing an uncertain Man United future. Others attributed it to the sheer arrogance of the player.
Ronaldo has been on the negotiation tables with Man United management to help facilitate his transfer from the club. Missing other preseason friendlies, the Portugal international returned to Carrington to train with United. However, he was still intent on leaving the club to secure Champions League football next season.
The Truth Behind Ronaldo’s Early Match Exit Emerges
Amidst speculation and fads trying to explain why Ronaldo left the Rayo Vallecano match very early, the truth has emerged. Sources close to the Portugal international have disclosed that the 37-year-old left early to beat traffic. It was not due to sheer arrogance or disenchantment with the team.
Meanwhile, other Man United players have been confirmed to have left Old Trafford so early to beat traffic. Nevertheless, Erik Ten Hag responded with anger to Ronaldo, and other players, who left before the match ended.
Erik Ten Hag Fumes Over “Unacceptable” Attitude
Whatever the explanation for Ronaldo’s untimely departure, Ten Hag has expressed disapproval of the scenario. The former Ajax manager asserts that the attitude of Ronaldo and other players invoved is “unacceptable.” Ten Hag admitted that Ronaldo and other players should have waited and left as a team after the match. He made it clear that he would not condone such an attitude.
It is apparent that Erik Ten Hag will leave no stone unturned as he intends to effect absolute disciplinary measures on the squad. Discipline without result may leave him at the mercy of impatient Man United fans next season.