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Erik Ten Hag fumes at Cristiano Ronaldo for leaving before the end of Manchester United’s friendly game

Cristiano Ronaldo grimaces in a Manchester United jersey
Erik ten Hag has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for his "unacceptable" behaviour after seeing the striker leave Manchester United's final pre-season outing against Rayo Vallecano before the final whistle

Erik Ten Hag has labelled the behaviour of Cristiano Ronaldo as “unacceptable” after the Portuguese star left the stadium early in their friendly encounter against Rayo Vallecano. The new Manchester United manager said he does not condone players leaving early. 

Ronaldo had played the first 45 minutes of the game but was the only player to be subbed off by Eric Ten Hag at halftime, this happened amidst the forward’s uncertainty over his future with United as he looks for Champions League football.

Ronaldo was replaced by Amad Diallo at halftime and gave United the lead in the 48th minute before Rayo Vallecano drew level through Alvaro Rivera’s finish nine minutes later.

Although the Portuguese star wasn’t the only player to leave the stadium early after Sunday’s friendly game with Rayo Vallecano, Ten Hag isn’t impressed. 

Ten Hag told AD: ‘I certainly don’t condone this. This is unacceptable. For everyone. We are a team, and you have to stay till the end of the game.’

Ronaldo’s future has been one of the top stories this summer, with the 37-year-old making his intentions to leave the club clear, but United has no plans of selling their top scorer, who has one year remaining on his contract.

It also does not help that the player has been rejected by Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain. The only viable offers he has received are from an unnamed Saudi club and Napoli.

His agent Jorge Mendes has informed the Red Devils of an offer and wants United to name their price.



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