Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo and other players for leaving Old Trafford before the end of the club’s final pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano last weekend, describing the behaviour as ‘unacceptable’.
Ronaldo only played the first half and was later seen by fans outside heading away from the stadium while the game was still in progress. Diogo Dalot was also seen in these images, who did not feature in the game after playing in a friendly against Atletico Madrid just 24 hours earlier.
At the time it was unclear if Ronaldo and others had permission to go, but now The Hag has responded and he’s not happy.
“I definitely do not approve of this. This is unacceptable. For everyone,” said Viaplay.
“We are a team and you have to stay until the end.
A poor attitude was among the main complaints against United’s players last season, with successive managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick failing to get the best out of an otherwise very talented squad.
Discipline and fitness were key pillars of the Ten Hag’s short spell in charge as he sought to prepare United to finally get back on their feet after years of underachievement.
Both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have spoken in recent weeks about the high intensity of training this summer.
“I think for us last year we know we have to do more: we have to be fit, we have to be physically better and mentally better,” Maguire admitted after facing Liverpool in a friendly in Thailand. last month.