Cristiano Ronaldo rushed down the tunnel following Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Tottenham.
The Red Devils took all three points thanks to goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes. However, at the end of the game, their No. 7 was dissatisfied.
Why did Cristiano Ronaldo went down into the tunnel before the final whistle?
Manchester United chose to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for the whole 2-0 win over Tottenham. Ten Hag put on Anthony Elanga at the finish, which meant Ronaldo was ignored. And the 37-year-old didn’t seem happy, rushing down the tunnel while the game was still going on.
It’s the second huge game this season in which Ronaldo has been placed on the bench, having done so against Manchester City in the club’s 6-3 defeat. And it’ll be interesting to watch Ten Hag’s reaction to his superstar’s behaviour.
“I understand his frustration that he’s not been able to get on the pitch but if you look at the bigger picture his team have put in a really good performance tonight,” commentator Alan Shearer said on Amazon Prime Video. “The manager had a big call to make in leaving him out but it’s turned out to be the right decision because they’ve done everything right”.
He also said, “It’s a difficult situation because, for him [Erik ten Hag], we’re talking about the best player in the world, maybe the best player we’ve ever seen, so he’s under pressure from that point of view. But it does make things difficult for the manager because he’s going to be asked about that in the press conference and really he should be talking about every one of his players on the pitch tonight because they’ve all been impressive”.
The triumph at Old Trafford extended United’s Premier League undefeated streak to three games. Ronaldo had started the last home game against Newcastle United on Sunday, but did not look pleased when he was replaced over the weekend.
United’s win over Spurs moved them up to sixth in the Premier League rankings, just four points behind their opponents on Wednesday night. They also have a game in hand on Conte’s club, having beaten them in straight league encounters under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick, and Erik ten Hag.