Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has insisted that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has caused a major problem at the club amid his discipline of forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Souness also said that Ten Hag would leave Manchester United in five years’ time, and nobody would talk about him, adding that the reverse would be the case for Ronaldo.
Ten Hag recently banished Ronaldo from Man United’s first team after the Portugal captain refused to come on during last week’s Premier League 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Dutchman also left Ronaldo out of the Man United squad that drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend
“In five years, Ten Hag will be away from the club and nobody will talk about him and his spell as Manchester United ever again, but Ronaldo will always be remembered as arguably the greatest to have ever kicked a football,” Souness told talkSPORT.
Does that give Ronaldo a pass? It does, in my opinion.
“This is Ronaldo. He is one of the game’s greats and you have to cut him some slack and keep him on side. You know that if you have got an unhappy Ronaldo in your dressing room, you have got a major problem for yourself.
“Let’s go back to the beginning – before the season had even started, Ronaldo declared he wanted to leave." So I assume the manager has sat in front of the player and said to him, “You’re not leaving. I want you to stay here."
I guarantee you the next sentence out of Ronaldo’s mouth would have been: “I want to play; that is why I want to leave." I’m not playing enough. "
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