Manchester United News: Eric Ten Hug not sure if Cristiano Ronaldo will face Brighton

Fire Cristiano! Eric ten Hag says it’s unfair that Ronaldo is in the ‘spotlight’ for leaving Manchester United’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano early.

  • Several players left Old Trafford early in Manchester United’s friendly
  • Eric Ten Hag said it was “unacceptable” and was seen as an attack on Ronaldo.
  • But Dutch player says forward should not be criticized
  • With Anthony Martial out, Ronaldo could feature against Brighton on Sunday.

Eric Ten Hag jumped to Cristiano Ronaldo’s defense on the eve of the new season as the soap opera surrounding the Manchester United star continues.

Ten Hag did his best to defuse the controversy after he told Dutch television that it was “unacceptable” for Ronaldo to leave the final pre-season match against Rayo Vallecano prematurely.

The United boss said it would be unfair for Ronaldo to take all the blame.Many United players, including his Portuguese team-mate Diogo Dalot, also flew out of Old Trafford early on Sunday. rice field.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Manchester United training ground on Friday morning

The forward appears to have left the friendly against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford early.

The forward appears to have left the friendly against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford early.

“I have to point out the players who have left… A lot of players have left but the spotlight is on Cristiano. It’s not right,” Ten Hag said.

“So please do your research and make sure a lot of players left. It’s not right or unacceptable. I don’t know what it has to do with it. He was a part of it. A lot of players left. I was there.

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Asked if he had spoken to Ronaldo or the other players, Ten Hag said, “You mention it, fix them and move on. We’ve said enough about it. I said it was not correct.

Ten Hag hopes his side will be up front just as quickly after a challenging first summer on Sunday when United host Brighton.

Ten Hag praised his players for their pre-season work during Friday afternoon’s press conference

It has been dominated by Ronaldo’s story after he requested to leave the club and missed most of preseason due to unspecified family issues.

It’s no surprise that United’s number 7 dominates the game’s build-up, and given that his agent Jorge Mendes still has 26 days to spare.

But Ten Hag is planning a new campaign with Ronaldo, 37, in the squad and hopes last season’s top scorer with 24 goals will stay.

“I am really happy,” he said. “We have a top striker and I’m happy to have him here. I’m happy with the whole team. We’re doing well and Cristiano is working hard.”

Eric Ten Hug says Ronaldo shouldn't be the only spotlight after leaving before full time

Eric Ten Hug says Ronaldo shouldn’t be the only spotlight after leaving before full time

For now, the most pressing question surrounding Ronaldo is whether he will face Brighton.

Anthony Martial will miss the game with a hamstring strain after leading the attack in pre-season, and Ten Hag will make a big call to make his first Premier League team selection.

Will he send Ronaldo to the starting line-up or find a replacement for Martial with Carrington and other players who have worked hard on the tour?

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“See you on Sunday,” Ten Hag said. “I think I have a solution to sort it out.”

Anthony Martial will be out of action against the Seagulls with a minor hamstring issue

Anthony Martial will be out of action against the Seagulls with a minor hamstring issue

That said, the Dutch player definitely wants to have a few more solutions at his disposal. He’s made no secret that he wants another forward, and United’s chase over Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong shows no signs of slowing down over the summer.

Ten Hag is sticking to his mantra of wanting the right player through the door – otherwise he’s happy with what United already have.

“We don’t need players. We need the right players,” he said. “If I’m not the right player, no, I’m happy with my current team.

“You want Frenkie? I don’t know. It’s about the right player and I can’t comment on players who are under contract at other clubs.

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