Cristiano Ronaldo missed most of Manchester United's preseason practices after the team excused him for a family trip to Asia and Australia.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, repeated his position that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Old Trafford despite his wish to depart for Champions League play.
Ronaldo missed most of United's preseason workouts after the team excused him from a trip to Asia and Australia due to personal obligations.
The 37-year-old did show up for a 1-1 friendly match last weekend against Rayo Vallecano. He gained attention once more, though, as he left Old Trafford before the game was over.
Ten Hag criticized the media for focusing on Ronaldo when other players also departed the stadium before the game was over and called that criticized behavior"inappropriate."
"As I already mentioned, we plan for the season" (with him). In his pre-match news conference before Sunday's home match against Brighton, United manager Ten Hag remarked, "We have a good striker and I'm delighted he's here, he's in the squad, and we stick to that plan.
"Many players left, but Cristiano is getting all the attention, and that is wrong.
"I'm happy with the entire squad. The culture is good, and Cristiano puts in a tonne of effort.
A revamp of the team was anticipated over the summer following United's terrible season, which saw them finish sixth in the Premier League last year.
Only three new players—Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, and Christian Eriksen—have been added to the Red Devils' roster as they begin the season, replacing those who left when their contracts expired, including Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, and Juan Mata.
Long-term efforts to get Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who previously shone at Ajax under Ten Hag, have been ineffective.
The correct players are key "Ten Hag commented on the comparatively low volume of transfers. "I am unable to remark on a player who is contracted to another team. We will deliver news as soon as we obtain it."