Erik ten Hag on Cristiano Ronaldo: "He is p****d off when he is not playing."
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Many were surprised by the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the match against Manchester City. Erik ten Hag confirmed that Ronaldo was not happy with his decision, but it seems that Erik is doing what is best for the team.
Ronaldo is already in his late years, and it is obvious that his form is not good. “He's not happy that he wasn't playing on Sunday,” Ten Hag told the press as quoted by eurosport.com “Don't get me wrong.
“But that wasn't the question.
The question was, how was he always on the training pitch and what his mood is when he is around - and he is happy.
“But of course, he wants to play, and he is p****d off when he is not playing”. The defeat against City was hard for everyone at Manchester United, but now the focus is on the next match in the Europa League, and the match against Omonia.
"Obviously, it was a difficult game, and as always, we analysed it,” said Ten Hag. “It was a reality check, we have to learn from it and carry on."
Bruno Fernandes was also disappointed with his team's performance.
It was clear that United lacked speed, creativity, and everything else. They have to work on many things if they want to be at the top of the table. The team has a perspective, they have what they lack, but it will not be enough if there is no motivation and will.
"It was not good enough for the standards we set ourselves and what we want to achieve this season. All together, we didn't do enough to win the game and we all are disappointed with the result.
"The responsibility is playing for this massive club and everyone has to feel that responsibility, it doesn't matter who has the armband on the pitch.
"There is still a long way to go but we know what we want to achieve.
We know what the manager wants from us as a team but we've got to get back to good results and we have a chance to do that straight away tomorrow." Omonia is an outsider in the match. However, the Red Devils are cautious before such an important match and know that they have to give their best. Their goal will remain winning the Europa League trophy. We'll se if they can achieve it.