Cristiano Ronaldo has been “banished from the Manchester United first-team” and omitted from the squad for the upcoming trip to Chelsea after refusing to come on as a substitute against Spurs.
United won 2-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night through goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes but the fine performance was overshadowed by Ronaldo’s antics.
Asked about Ronaldo on Amazon Prime Video’s coverage, Erik ten Hag said he would “deal with it tomorrow”.
It’s since emerged that Ronaldo, having been dropped from the draw with Newcastle, refused to come on off the bench and then left the stadium completely as opposed to heading back to the dressing room.
And in response, United have come down hard on Ronaldo, who will not be part of the travelling squad for the next game and is expected to train alone.
“Cristiano will not be part of the Manchester United squad for this Saturday’s game against Chelsea, “a United statement given to The Athletic said.
“The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that fixture.”
Image: AlamyThe decision is solely down to Ten Hag, who has been backed by the club in this situation.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spurs in the fixture last season but found himself behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order this time around.
With Ronaldo not feeling a cameo, Scott McTominay, Anthony Elanga and Christian Eriksen were all brought on in the second half.
Image: AlamyRonaldo didn’t have many suitors in the summer window after handing in a transfer request and reluctantly stayed put at United.