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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

United coach shrugs off Cristiano’s criticism

MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) – Manchester United manager Eric ten Haag tried to shield Cristiano Ronaldo from criticism on Friday after the striker left the stadium before the end of a preseason game and insisted the Portuguese star is still in this position. part of his plans for the season.

Ronaldo reportedly indicated to United in the off-season that he wanted to play for the Champions League club and speculation about his stance intensified when he was part of a group of players who left Old Trafford without permission was. Rayo Vallecano.

Ten Haag initially said leaving early was “unacceptable for everyone”, but he quickly pointed out on Friday that the Portuguese should not be criticized.

“There were a lot of players who left but the focus is on Cristiano and that’s not right,” Ten Haag insisted during a press conference ahead of United’s first season against Brighton on Sunday. “So I think when you guys do your research and find out how many players are left, that’s what was said … He was part of that. Then, there were a lot of players.”

Cristiano, 37, returned to United from Real Madrid last year but was unable to help the English club compete for the trophy during a disappointing season in which he finished sixth in the Premier League, 35 points behind champions Manchester City. .

Ten Haag is preparing for his first season in charge and is keen to keep the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on the team, although it is unclear how the striker fits into his tactical plans.

Cristiano missed the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a family problem, but played the first 45 minutes against Rio Vallecano.

Ten Haag did not say whether the Portuguese would start against Brighton, but made it clear that he expects Cristiano to be an important part of his squad.

“I told you before, we make plans with the season (with him). We have a top-class striker and I am very happy that he is here, he is in the team and we are sticking to that plan.”

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