Man United and coach Erik Ten Hag are rushing to prepare for the season opener against Brighton in the Premier League and the Dutch strategist has just sent a strong message to Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was the only player to be substituted at the end of the first half against Rayo Vallecano, while Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Garnacho, and Garner had to wait until the end of the game to be taken off the field.
The decision to replace Ronaldo alone after the first half was explained by Ten Hag, who stated that Ronaldo was not physically fit because he had only trained after a long time of quitting the tour with his teammates.
According to ESPN, the 52-year-old coach stated: “I’m at a loss for words right now. Clearly, he (Ronaldo) is not in the same condition as the other players. He has been out of practice for several weeks. Practice, practice, practice is what he should be doing right now.”
The above words imply to fans that Ronaldo is not physically fit, or that Ten Hag is criticizing and disparaging the Portuguese superstar’s performance. Clearly, Ronaldo’s performance against Rayo Vallecano did not satisfy the Dutch coach.
At the same time, this military leader is sending a strong message to Ronaldo. The new captain of the ‘Red Devils’ sees it as a warning to the owner of the 5 Golden Balls that if he doesn’t practice, Ronaldo, no matter how great and good he is, will have to sit on the bench.
On the other hand, this could be viewed as an internal punishment for Ronaldo for disrespecting the team by insisting on leaving and foregoing the summer tour. Thailand, Australia, and Norway are not destinations for CR7. He was completely absent from the ‘Red Devils’ tour.
For the reasons stated above, it is entirely possible that Ronaldo will be forced to sit on the bench in the English Premier League opener against Brighton on August 7 at 8 p.m.
Ten Hag immediately implemented’martial law’ upon his arrival at Old Trafford to restore team discipline. Punishing Ronaldo for physical reasons is also a deterrent measure for Ten Hag. There will be no no-go zones with him, and no one will be completely safe. Everyone, including Ronaldo, must work hard.
Man United is determined to keep Ronaldo, but anything can happen in football, especially when new Chelsea manager Todd Boehly is a big fan of CR7.
In an exclusive interview, super agent Jon Smith stated: “Ronaldo is a very expensive addition, and at 37, a significant injury could force him to retire.
It’s a significant risk, and few clubs are willing to take it, especially given his low resale value.
While it appears that Ronaldo will continue to fulfill his contract at Old Trafford, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Todd Boehly take the bait and reach an agreement in the final weeks.”