*Portuguese disappointment in the options bench
Manchester United Historic defeat in Classic City: Lost 6-3 to Pep Guardiola’s Citywho had one Erling Haaland in a state of grace (he signed a hat-trick, eg Phil Foden) in that respect, Cristiano Ronaldo He had lived an uncomfortable day, doubly painful: he did not play a minute, so he faced the test of the game sitting on the substitute bench.
As a result, the 37-year-old Portuguese, who had recently suffered the elimination of his national team in the Nations League (an example of which he was heavily criticized in his country), was unable to make his contribution on the playing field to survive. . Brilliant drop of Red Devils, or at least make it less overwhelming. In fact, the public reaction was sluggish: with the score 0-4, many fans left the stands and left the stadium at halftime.
In this background, Ronaldo played the game of gestures. Keeping his face and head down in the first cataract of the goal, imitating the Brazilian, he was seen upset. casemiroJoe also went to the bench (entered in the 59th minute, when the match was 1-4).
And already at the age of 70, when orienteer Erik Ten Haag had already finished the modifications, the transmission again showed him biting his nails, before lapidary 1-5. The annoyance could be seen in every smile, in every move, moving on the bench.
Why didn’t you leave the officiating bench in such a situation? Coach Ten Haag tried to explain this in a press conference. And his argument also became the target of criticism. “It was out of respect for his career”He insisted, not wanting to “burn it” in the event of an irreversible consequence.
Former Ajax used to criticize his players: “It’s quite simple: it’s a lack of trust. You can’t win a match when you don’t believe in the pitch and that’s unacceptable., We are not disciplined in following the rules and opponents crush you. That’s what happened today.”
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“We give all the credit to City, but our performance was not good. It had to do with confidence as an individual and as a team. We let our fans down and we let ourselves down.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo continued to spend a season with little action after his attempt to move to a Champions League-playing team, an attitude that United did not like. So far in the 2022/2023 cycle, he has played barely eight games (counting the Premier League and Europa League) and has scored just one goal from a penalty. Besides, it was another six chances for the relief bench. Very little for a world-famous man like CR7, who will face Portugal at the end of the year in the final World Cup of his successful career.