Erik ten Hag determined to not introduce Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United’s 6-3 derby thrashing by Manchester Metropolis as a mark of “respect” in the direction of the ahead.
Ronaldo was an unused substitute as hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden handed Metropolis a dominant derby win on Sunday, regardless of Ten Hag utilizing all 5 of his permitted modifications.
Anthony Martial scored twice after his second-half introduction to salvage a contact of delight for United, whereas Victor Lindelof, Fred, Casemiro and Luke Shaw additionally appeared from the bench.
Having failed in an obvious bid to depart Outdated Trafford within the current switch window, Ronaldo has been a peripheral determine underneath Ten Hag, making one Premier League begin this season – in a 4-0 defeat to Brentford.
4 – Because the begin of 2020-21, Man Utd have conceded 4+ first-half objectives in 4 Premier League video games (v Spurs in Oct 2020, Liverpool in Oct 2021, Brentford in Aug 2022, Man Metropolis immediately); that is twice as typically as every other facet on this time. Humbled. pic.twitter.com/19Umi7fgHF
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Talking at a post-match information convention, Ten Hag defined his rationale for failing to name upon the 37-year-old, saying: “I wouldn’t deliver him in out of respect for Cristiano, for his massive profession.
“The opposite factor was the benefit that I might deliver on Anthony Martial. He wants the minutes, however I don’t wish to level it out like that.”
Ronaldo has appeared as an alternative 5 instances within the Premier League this season, failing to attain a single objective.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been restricted to only one objective in all competitions this marketing campaign, a penalty towards Sheriff in a Europa League group-stage tie.
Ronaldo will hope to characteristic when United journey to Cyprus to face Omonia within the Europa League on Thursday, with the Pink Devils trailing Actual Sociedad by three factors in Group E.