Erik ten Hag criticises players for leaving friendly game early

Several players including Cristiano Ronaldo left the friendly game against Rayo Vallecano early on Sunday

By Web Desk
August 03, 2022
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KARACHI: Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag said that the early departure of numerous players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, from Sunday's exhibition match between Rayo Vallecano and Manchester United, was "inappropriate."

Ronaldo had been replaced at halftime of his first preseason game.

Ten minutes before the game's conclusion, all of the players who had been sitting in the directors' box with him were seen departing together with Diogo Dalot.

"We are a team and that means you stay until the end," Ten Hag told Viaplay.

"This is unacceptable, for all those involved."

Ronaldo was unable to score to celebrate his return to action as United tied the match 1-1.

The 37-year-old, who spent time at Juventus and Real Madrid before returning to United last season, is eager to leave the team to pursue his goal to play in the Champions League.

Additionally, he was permitted to skip United's pre-season trip to Australia and Thailand due to personal obligations.

The 2022–23 Premier League season for United kicks off on August 7 at home against Brighton.