Erik ten Hag has revealed that he did not carry on Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United’s 6-3 loss at Manchester Metropolis ‘out of respect’ for his profession.
The Pink Devils had been as soon as once more humiliated on the Etihad Stadium and went into the half-time break 4-0 down for the second time this season.
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each grabbed hat-tricks for the hosts, whereas United pulled one again by way of Antony and substitute Anthony Martial hit a late brace to make the scoreline look barely extra respectable.
Ronaldo was an unused substitute on Sunday, and talking post-match, Ten Hag defined that the choice to maintain him on the bench was twofold.
“I did not carry him on out of respect for his large profession,” Ten Hag mentioned.
“And the opposite factor, there was then the benefit I may carry Antony Martial on. He wants the minutes however I do not need to level it out like that.”
Ronaldo has began simply 3 times for United this season, with two of these coming within the Europa League.
Ten Hag was additionally quizzed about his reluctance to play summer time signing Casemiro from the off, as a substitute preferring to start out Scott McTominay alongside Christian Eriksen.
“On the day we signed him, we began to win and it is in regards to the workforce,” he added. “The workforce is doing very well, it isn’t towards Casemiro, it is for, on this case, Scott McTominay, he carried out nice within the workforce after which we get right into a run.
“However I am certain will probably be necessary for us within the lengthy and short-term, he’ll discover himself within the workforce but it surely has to return in a pure means.”