Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said he will “deal with” Cristiano Ronaldo after he walked down the tunnel before the full-time whistle on Wednesday night.
The 2-0 win over high-flying Spurs was a relief for Reds watching on the night, but the joyous occasion was somewhat marred by Ronaldo‘s decision to head down the tunnel before the game had even finished.
Already cruising home to victory thanks to goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes, the 37-year-old should have been ready to welcome the players back into the dressing room after their convincing victory. Instead, he chose to get up from the bench and head for the Old Trafford exit in the 89th minute.
Speaking to the panel of Amazon Prime pundits afterwards, ten Hag said he would “deal with [Ronaldo] tomorrow” and that his focus was on celebrating the big win and recovering for Saturday when they face Graham Potter’s Chelsea.
The Dutchman said that while he did see the number seven before he left the stadium itself, the two did not speak – the suggestion being that a more serious conversation would be saved for Thursday.
This isn’t the first time the Portuguese international has thrown a bit of a strop over being left on the bench, with fans and media alike branding his behaviour “childish”, “embarrassing” and “incredibly disrespectful”; some even went so far as to call it “an absolute disgrace“.
Since ten Hag was appointed manager, the footballing veteran and all-time world-leading goalscorer has enjoyed significantly less time on the pitch and while he has scored a couple of goals in the minutes he has played, the feeling is that his contribution to the team’s wider performance is waning.
On the other hand, some feel he has been mistreated and underutilized given his reputation and incredible stats down the years. Piers Morgan certainly seems to think so, anyway.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how CR7’s future at United will pan out for the rest of season, with many believing he already asked to leave last summer, but one thing is clear: the casual contempt displayed in not staying to congratulate his teammates or even high-five a few kids on his way out is untenable.
The likes of Fernandes have already hinted that ten Hag has brought a “stricter” approach to the club and no one is exempt from that, regardless of their pedigree.
However he decides to “deal with” Ronaldo long-term, we suspect he might not even be on the bench this Saturday.
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Police issue update after Sterling flies home from World Cup following home invasion
Surrey Police have issued an update following Raheem Sterling’s home invasion that has forced the England international to fly home from the 2022 World Cup.
The former Manchester City star was left out of the Three Lions squad against Senegal due to a “family matter” on Sunday before the exact circumstances were confirmed shortly after.
Authorities have now verified that hundreds of thousands of pounds of goods had been stolen from the property but that, fortunately, “no threat of violence was involved”.
Sterling flew just hours after hearing of the break-in at his home Leatherhead home where he lives with his fiancé and two children.
Manager Gareth Southgate could not confirm whether the Chelsea player will be returning to the squad, insisting that, obviously, “the priority is for him to be with his family” and that they will “give him as much time as he needs”.
The police force said in a statement: “We are currently investigating a report of a burglary at an address in Oxshott, Leatherhead.
“Police were contacted just before 9pm on Saturday, December 3rd after the occupants of the property came home and discovered a number of items including jewellery and watches had been stolen.
“Inquiries to establish the circumstances are underway and the investigation is ongoing. No threat of violence was involved as the items were discovered stolen retrospectively. Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”
Grealish holds his hands up over Almirón dig: ‘I do stupid stuff’
Jack Grealish has finally held his hands up after mocking Miguel Almirón, assuring that while he has made mistakes in career, he has a “good heart”.
Speaking to the media at the national camp in Qatar, the footballer was asked about his now-infamous dig at the Newcastle player, quipping that teammate Riyad Mahrez “played like Almirón” in a sub-par performance during Manchester City‘s 2021/22 title-winning match back in May.
Ironically, Grealish‘s Almiron joke has preceded an incredible run of form from the winger this year, arguably being their player of the season with eight goals to his name already.
Despite the 28-year-old insisting he has “never really paid attention” to what people say about him, he will have inevitably seen the viral clip.
Nevertheless, the England and City star took accountability for the unnecessary outburst, confessing, “I do stupid stuff, that was one”, whilst assuring: “Obviously I’ve done stupid stuff in my life but I think everything that I do good is from my heart.”
The 27-year-old went on to say that describe his Premier League peer as a “great player”, adding: “what a guy… if that was me and somebody had said that about me, I’d have probably been the other way and been like: ‘f*** it'”.
While he said he didn’t think the drunken video would go public, he knows it wasn’t the most professional of moments and that not only is he “buzzing” to see Almirón playing so well but that he will be sure to “show him the most respect” the next time they meet on the pitch.