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Ten Hag: ‘Not right’ to single out Ronaldo for criticism


MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag tried to shield Cristiano Ronaldo from criticism Friday after the forward left a preseason game early, and insisted that the Portugal star remains part of his plans for this season.

Ronaldo reportedly told United this offseason that he wanted to leave to play for a Champions League club and speculation about his mindset intensified when he was part of a group of players who left Old Trafford without permission before the end of Sunday’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

Ten Hag initially said it was “unacceptable for everyone” to leave early, but was quick to point out Friday that Ronaldo shouldn’t be singled out for criticism.

“There were many players who left, but the spotlight is on Cristiano and that is not right,” Ten Hag said during a news conference ahead of United’s season…


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