Erik ten Hague slams Manchester United players for leaving Rao Vallecano game early

Last update: August 03, 2022, 19:54 IST

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hague said it was “unacceptable” that some players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, left Old Trafford before the end of Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Spanish side Rio Vallecano.

Portuguese forward Ronaldo returned to the squad for the game after missing the tour of Thailand and Australia for family reasons, but failed to score and was substituted at half-time.

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Images emerged on social media showing Ronaldo leaving the stadium before the end of the 1-1 draw, with several other players sitting in the directors’ box also leaving early, the BBC reported. .

“We are a team and that means you stay until the end,” ten Hague told YPlay. “This is unacceptable to all involved.”

Ronaldo’s future at United became the subject of intense speculation after British media reported that the 37-year-old told the club he wanted to leave so he could play in the Champions League.

United will play in the second-tier Europa League this term.

They will open their Premier League campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

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