According to former United player Roy Keane, it’s not been a great management by the new boss at Old Trafford as Manchester United disclose of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
United will now look at other targets as many claim Ronaldo’s departure will make a space for new stars to come but according to Keane, the situation didn’t end well for both parties.
Keane believes Erik ten Hag made a mistake by deciding to treat Ronaldo same way he treats other players without any exclusivity. Ronaldo is a 5-time Balon d’Or winner who truthfully deserves some respect at the club.
Deciding to put him on the pitch while it’s just 3 minutes left to play was one of the biggest insults of Ronaldo’s career, however the Portuguese refused to come on and that was the point the fans realized what was happening between ten Hag and the player.
With Ronaldo now gone and already considering other offers on his table, former Manchester United man has lashed out on the manager for not handling Ronaldo with respect.
“I don’t think it’s been great management,” said Keane. “I think it’s been a very difficult situation but I don’t think the manger comes out with it [looking well].
“People might say he’s put a marker down, part of management is looking after the top. You do have to treat top, world-class players differently. This idea that you treat everyone the same, you don’t.
“I think it’s better for everybody. The club, obviously. You don’t want that dragging into the second half of the season. Ronaldo’s obviously ran out of patience. People say ‘is his reputation tarnished at Manchester United?’ Far from it.”
“I think it was on the cards for the last few months,” former United midfielder Keane added on Ronaldo’s departure.
“Obviously, the interview was the tipping point for him but that’s it, life goes on.
“Manchester United are a great club, Ronaldo’s a great player. It’s like a divorce in a relationship, we all know how that feels, and you go your separate ways.
“He should have probably left in the summer, but whether that’s the player’s fault or the club’s, it was never going to happen. The new manager was never going to play him, you cannot have Ronaldo as a suit or fringe player. It’s just not right. It’s sad but these things happen.”
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