Manchester United coach Eric Ten Hag said today, Wednesday, that Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is “in good spirits” and “is doing his best” in training despite the difficulty of playing.
“If I tell you that all the players here are happy or satisfied, even when they are on the bench, it is a club that they have nothing to do, especially Cristiano,” the Dutch coach explained before the Europa League. Match against Omonia Nicosia.
“He is very competitive, as we all know. He is clearly not happy when he is not playing,” admitted Ten Hag.
“But as I said before, and if I have to repeat it, he is training well, he is in a good mood, he is motivated and does his best. That is what is expected of him”, added the technician who could offer him his fourth start of the season, in all competitions. .
The 37-year-old, who sought to leave this summer by ‘drying up’ especially the resumption of training and the club’s tour of Thailand and Australia, witnessed from the bench on Sunday the humiliation suffered by Manchester City (6-3). ).
Ten Hag also sent a “thank you for the lesson” to the citizens and to Pep Guardiola.
“It is clear that it was a difficult day (…) it was a return to earth, but now we must learn from it and continue,” he stressed.
Bruno Fernandes confirmed that thanks to a hat-trick from Erling Haaland and another from Phil Foden, United’s defense has been shattered, but the whole team is to blame.
“Collectively we are letting the club down, not just one or two players. Collectively, we haven’t done enough to win this game and get the points.”
For the trip to Cyprus, the Red Devils, who are second in their group after the defeat to Real Sociedad and the win over the Sheriff of Tiraspol, will have to dispense with Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, the Frenchman who was injured in the first half against City.