CHRIS WHEELER: For a coach whose philosophy relies round order and management, the Cristiano Ronaldo saga is the LAST factor Erik ten Hag wants… however the celebrity WILL fall into line if he doesn’t get his transfer away from Manchester United
- Erik ten Hag toed the get together line and stated all the fitting issues about his absent star
- However no sooner has Cristiano Ronaldo returned than his endurance is carrying skinny
- New Manchester United boss Ten Hag known as Ronaldo’s actions ‘unacceptable’
- How he handles it from right here on could outline the Dutchman’s first season in cost
Erik ten Hag has saved a straight face and performed a fair straighter bat to questions on Cristiano Ronaldo all through the summer season.
From Bangkok to Oslo, Melbourne to Manchester, Ten Hag has toed the get together line and stated all the fitting issues about his absent star.
Ronaldo missed Manchester United’s pre-season tour for household causes, he defined. The participant is just not on the market and stays below contract.
No sooner has Ronaldo returned to coaching and made his first look of the summer season, although, than Ten Hag’s endurance is clearly carrying skinny.
New Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag (pictured) has saved a straight face and performed a fair straighter bat to questions on wantaway ahead Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, this summer season
The 37-year-old’s early exit from Outdated Trafford earlier than the tip of Sunday’s pleasant in opposition to Rayo Vallecano after he was substituted at half-time didn’t go down properly with a supervisor who places nice inventory by group spirit, self-discipline and time-keeping.
‘Unacceptable’ is how Ten Hag described it to Dutch tv, and that is in all probability an understatement.
He will not have been any happier on the method Ronaldo introduced on social media that he can be within the group for United’s closing pre-season sport (‘Sunday, the king performs’) having made it clear he would not need any egos in his squad. Or when Ronaldo appeared to take subject together with his supervisor as he spoke to the group throughout a break in play.
Is the five-time Ballon d’Or winner making an attempt to impress Ten Hag into letting him depart this summer season?
No sooner has Portuguese star Ronaldo returned to coaching and made his first look of the summer season, although, than Ten Hag’s endurance is clearly carrying skinny with the veteran (above)
Actually, United have grown weary of makes an attempt by his agent Jorge Mendes to orchestrate a transfer and there are considerations that Ronaldo is ‘enjoying up’, as his former team-mate Gary Neville put it on Wednesday.
However United have remained steadfast up up to now and there’s no signal of that altering – actually whereas they do not have a real provide on the desk to think about.
For now, Ten Hag should attempt to combine Ronaldo into his plans whereas coping with any problem to his authority.
That was by no means in query on tour because the gamers spoke in regards to the strict regime imposed by the brand new supervisor. Ten Hag, in the meantime, simply batted away the inevitable questions over Ronaldo’s absence and future.
The issues actually started when the participant returned to Carrington final week. A problem that may very well be largely ignored hundreds of miles away as United trekked from Thailand to Australia had landed on Teg Hag’s doorstep.
Membership icon and pundit Gary Neville (pictured) has stated: ‘It is unpalatable for me to observe, as an ex-Manchester United captain… You may’t have your star participant in a membership working the store.’
Nothing in his profession working in Holland might actually put together him for the circus that surrounds Ronaldo and Mendes. For a coach whose philosophy relies round order and management, it is the very last thing Ten Hag wants.
How he and United deal with it from right here on might properly outline the Dutchman’s first season in cost at Outdated Trafford.
If there may be one factor that works of their favour, it is that Ronaldo is prone to fall into line if he nonetheless hasn’t acquired a transfer by the point the switch window closes subsequent month.
Whereas his current behaviour is hardly that of a mannequin skilled, Ronaldo’s dedication to his craft means that he’s at all times doubtless to provide 100 per cent on the pitch.
He needed to play on Sunday and insiders say he has proven a wonderful angle in coaching, even staying behind for additional ending observe with Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Alejandro Garnacho.
However Neville, for one, expects higher from him. ‘Ronaldo’s achievements in soccer transcend something that anyone might ever want for and picture,’ stated the Sky Sports activities pundit.
‘Nevertheless it’s unpalatable for me to observe, as an ex-Manchester United captain, and considering that at this second in time the star participant within the dressing-room is enjoying up.
‘You may’t have your star participant in a membership working the store.’
Ten Hag is aware of that too. However bringing Ronaldo to heel is simpler stated than finished.