Cristiano Ronaldo is furious at being on the bench for Manchester United, says Erik ten Hag

For somebody who was ‘p****d off’ at being left on the bench for Sunday’s Manchester derby, a Europa League begin in Nicosia on Thursday will solely go to date in the direction of placating Cristiano Ronaldo.

That is the competitors he feels is beneath him. Champions League lite. A chance on any given Thursday for Manchester United to make use of fringe gamers, which today consists of Ronaldo himself.

Supervisor Erik ten Hag’s determination to not ship on the Portugal star when United had been hit for six by Manchester Metropolis has sparked contemporary hypothesis over Ronaldo’s future at Outdated Trafford.

Erik ten Hag admitted Cristiano Ronaldo was pissed off to be on the bench at Manchester Metropolis

Ten Hag says that Ronaldo is training well and he didn't bring him on out of respect

Ten Hag says that Ronaldo is coaching effectively and he didn’t convey him on out of respect

In reality, little or no has modified. A participant who wished to go away in the summertime nonetheless needs to go away after beginning simply three of the membership’s 9 video games this season. United would have listened to gives then and can accomplish that once more in January if one is forthcoming.

Bother is, the one agency bid has come from Saudi Arabia and that was by no means a practical choice for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Curiosity is now not assured in a participant who seems off the tempo this season, scoring simply as soon as — a penalty in opposition to Sheriff Tiraspol — to maneuver on to 699 membership objectives in an unimaginable profession. At 37, Ronaldo can solely defy nature for thus lengthy.

Ten Hag continues to carry out a fragile balancing act with a person who desperately needs to play however is a few well beyond his finest. The Dutchman reiterated on Wednesday that he didn’t expose Ronaldo to United’s derby battering out of respect.

The participant wasn’t blissful, however Ten Hag identified the distinction between that and Ronaldo being sad typically. ‘Particularly Cristiano, he’s actually aggressive,’ he stated. ‘After all, he needs to play. He’s p****d off when he’s not taking part in. That’s clear.

‘He’s not blissful he wasn’t taking part in on Sunday, however that wasn’t the query. The query was about how he’s on the coaching pitch, his temper when he’s round, and he’s blissful. He’s coaching effectively. I don’t see he’s sad.

‘Once we had been 4-0 down, 5-1 down, 6-1 down, I didn’t convey him on out of respect. So nothing to do with what’s occurring for the longer term, for January or subsequent yr.’

Ten Hag truly thanked Pep Guardiola and his Metropolis gamers for instructing United a lesson, which he feels will likely be essential in his group’s improvement.

Ten Hag thanked Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for teaching his team a lesson

Ten Hag thanked Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola for instructing his group a lesson

‘I do know whenever you’re in a course of you’ll have setbacks,’ he added. ‘We beat Arsenal and Liverpool, now we get a actuality verify with Man Metropolis. We all know now we have to step up. So thanks for the lesson, Pep and Metropolis, we’ll take that.’

United bounced again from a humbling defeat at Brentford in August by beating Liverpool, and the gamers have mentioned utilizing that efficiency as a template to get well once more. Ten Hag made them watch a re-run of the 6-3 thrashing at Carrington on Monday.

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‘We had a gathering and went to see the powerful issues, the errors,’ stated Bruno Fernandes, who was heard shouting within the dressing room on the Etihad at half-time. ‘Now, greater than speak concerning the errors, don’t repeat them. It’s time to get again to good outcomes.’

United face an Omonia Nicosia group on Thursday managed by Neil Lennon, who led his aspect into the Europa League by lifting the Cypriot Cup in Could.

Omonia manager Neil Lennon says that United will need Ronaldo at times during this season

Omonia supervisor Neil Lennon says that United will want Ronaldo at instances throughout this season

Lennon was a member of the Celtic group who prompted a well-known Champions League upset in opposition to United and a 21-year-old Ronaldo at Parkhead in November 2006.

‘I don’t know if it exhibits how outdated Cristiano is or how outdated I’m,’ stated Lennon, 51. ‘The very fact he’s going to be within the stadium and I get to see him reside and shut up once more is unbelievable. He’s very, very particular.

‘I perceive why he hasn’t been taking part in, however he (Ten Hag) can’t hold him out for lengthy. Over the course of the season, United will want Cristiano Ronaldo.’