Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to be unhappy with the club’s manager Erik ten Hag for shifting the blame entirely on the players after the defeat against Brentford. An exclusive report relating to Cristiano Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag has been made public in an article published in The Times.
The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Brentford in an away game to register their second defeat of the new season.
The Dutch manager expressed his unhappiness with the physical output of the players as they were outclassed and outpaced by the opposition’s players for the entirety of the game. It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s first start of the season after his substitute appearance in Manchester United’s first Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Erik ten Hag is known for his high-intensity game on the pitch, with young players chasing the ball from one corner of the pitch to another. The Red Devils could not keep up with the intensity against Brentford and the Dutch manager was not happy with it.
Expressing his views on the team’s performance, Ten Hag said they were ‘rubbish’ and ‘poor’ against Brentford and the club demands higher standards than that. After the match, reports emerged that the Dutch manager punished the entire squad by making them run for 13.8 kilometers.
The team learned a lesson or two from the first two games and secured a surprising 2-1 win over Liverpool in the third game. Ten Hag took the brave decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in the match, inducing more pace into the game.
He followed the same strategy in Manchester United ‘s clash against Southampton and got a good result, securing their second win of the season and an away clean sheet.