Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended from the team because he refused to enter the game against Tottenham. Former United player, Roy Keane, commented on Erik ten Hag's decision; “I try and see it as well from the player’s point of view, he's obviously had enough,” Keane said for skysports.
“He's lost the head.
I think it's been brewing over the last few weeks with Ronaldo.
But I will still try and defend him. I think he’s a human being, he's got flaws. He feels frustrated that he's not been getting opportunities and he's had enough and he's walked down the tunnel."
He also commented on the match between Spurs and United; “I think players have done a lot of worse things at Man United. I think it happens. It’s human nature.
Everyone was talking about after the game that they beat Spurs.
‘It was a big win - best performance in years’. Absolute rubbish. Spurs were terrible.
Man United managed to beat Spurs as well last year at home when I think Ronaldo got a hat-trick so he's more than capable of getting on that pitch and making a difference.
But he has to take his punishment.
Is there a way back from him? I'm not sure”.
Keane believes that the most important thing is that the Portuguese wants to help the team and that he cares: “I'd be more worried if Ronaldo was sitting on the bench every week laughing his head off and not caring, I think the guy cares,” continued Keane.
“I've said it before, this game is full of bluffers, and he certainly is not one of them.
A world class player.
“People saying he's not the player he was 10 years ago; of course he's not. He was the leading goalscorer last year for Man United. He went into a bad Man United team, a really bad team. He was still the leading goalscorer”.
Gary Neville still believes that it is time for Ronaldo to leave, considering that he is not in the right shape, but also because of the conflicts that are all over the place. “Manchester United are better without him and Erik ten Hag knows that,” he said.
“I think the only thing the club and Cristiano Ronaldo can do is get together in the next week or so and end the relationship.
“I think Cristiano is too good a player, too fantastic a character, and the club has got to move on”.