On Tuesday, Manchester United suffered an embarrassing loss to Brentford in the English Premier League. After that, manager Erik Ten Hag created headlines by leaving Cristiano Ronaldo out of the starting lineup for the crucial match against Liverpool at Old Trafford. Not just that, the Red Devils made two significant alterations to their starting lineup for the home match against Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams.
Erik Ten Hag Dropped Ronaldo!
Apparently, Erik ten Hag made the audacious choice to bench Ronaldo. He decided on a more adaptable front line with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. The pair scored, demonstrating that the decision was wise. And Ronaldo didn’t appear until the 86th minute when he was brought on as a substitute. The Red Devils gave up control as they clung tenaciously to their slim lead.
Harry Maguire, and club captain for Manchester United, was also chosen by Ten Hag to sit out the match against Liverpool in addition to Ronaldo. When the Red Devils played Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on English Premier League matchday 3, the former Ajax manager was feeling the pressure.
It seems less tactical to substitute Varane for Maguire for this reason. But just the fact that the Frenchman is a step up from the Englishman, who has been having form issues for a while. According to the United manager, Maguire’s communication and mobility have not been up to par. He anticipates things with the former Real Madrid player to go better.
There have been doubts about Ronaldo’s ability to press hard enough at the top level at the age of 37 ever since he returned to Manchester United last year. Ten Hag has acknowledged that he does not believe the legendary Portuguese player is capable of defeating Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Ronaldo’s Message To His Team!
As Manchester United pulled off an unexpected 2-1 victory against Liverpool at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo hailed his mates for their fantastic efforts. However, the 37-year-role old’s was limited since new manager Erik ten Hag bravely chose to sit him in favor of a more adaptable attacker. It turned out to be a wise decision because both players scored. And Ronaldo didn’t enter the game until the 86th minute when the Red Devils were frantically clinging to a slim advantage and had given up control.
The Portuguese legend, in an Instagram post, wrote, “Well done @manchesterunited, Thank you for your support Old Trafford”. After throwing down the challenge to Ronaldo to adopt the high-pressing strategy that had proven effective against their previous adversaries, Ten Hag delivered his succinct message.