Cristiano Ronaldo had visited Eric Ten Hag’s office to tell his Dutch coach that his reputation was being damaged by staying at Manchester United, according to Patrice Evra.
The 37-year-old has started only one of 7 Premier League games so far this season, which was a 4-0 loss to Brentford.
Ten Hag used that defeat to shuffle his side, taking down Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Ronaldo to bring on Raphael Varane, Terrell Malacia and Anthony Ilanga.
Request Ronaldo He left the club in the summer, but was denied his desire and his mood has worsened since then, as he is no longer a regular first-team player.
Reports on Monday claimed that Ten Hag decided to let Ronaldo leave the club in the January transfer window, after the forward reiterated his desire to leave Old Trafford.
Although the Dutchman rejects these suggestions, Evra says Ronaldo has certainly spoken to Ten Hag to tell him he wants to leave the club, and that he feels his reputation is being damaged by sitting on the bench.
Evra said player Manchester United And the ex-Juventus told Betfair that Ronaldo did not have enough time to get back in shape.
“I’ve read reports that Manchester United will let Ronaldo go in January, it’s a circus again, we’re back to what we did all those years, and I don’t understand it,” the Frenchman said.
“We’re not inside the club, so maybe the manager and Cristiano spoke before the season and Tin Hag said he needed to be fit and he’d get a chance.”
Evra continued: “I know that a player like Cristiano Ronaldo will not accept that, to be fit, you need time and play.”
And he added, “Tin Hag gave Ronaldo the chance to play in the first two games and we lost, so he changed the team and they won four games in a row. In fact, what Tin Hag is doing is the right thing.”
Evra confirmed: “I didn’t like Tin Hag’s comments after the City match. When he was asked why he didn’t play with Ronaldo, he said it was a respect for his career.”
And he continued: “First of all, as a coach, you should never justify yourself, now everyone can discuss his decision, in order to respect Ronaldo’s career, why don’t you play with him and why didn’t he start? It doesn’t make sense.”
Evra continued: “Ronaldo wants to play in the World Cup so he wants to be fit, he needs games, no matter your age, you need to have time to play to get fit, especially when you get older, people don’t understand, to become Agile you have to play matches.”
“He didn’t have that time and I’m sure Ronaldo would have gone to Ten Hag’s office and said he didn’t want to damage his reputation and be the villain at the club,” he stressed.
Evra concluded: “Ronaldo groans every time when he’s on the bench, he’s a professional, he’s training at 100%, so maybe he asked Tin Hag to let him leave in January, I don’t know what was said between them.”
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