Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan has accused Erik ten Hag of being ‘staggeringly disrespectful’ for not bringing Cristiano Ronaldo on during Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Having started United’s previous two matches against Omonia Nicosia and Newcastle, Ronaldo was named among the substitutes at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils opened up a comfortable lead after half time thanks to goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes, but ten Hag did not summon Ronaldo from the bench. As the game moved into stoppage time, Ronaldo decided he’d had enough and stormed down the tunnel to the dressing room.

Morgan has leapt to Ronaldo’s defence for his actions, and thinks ten Hag not giving him any game time at all was ‘pathetic’.

‘The way Ten Hag seems to delight in humiliating @Cristiano is pathetic,’ Morgan tweeted on Thursday morning.

‘Sticking the world’s greatest ever footballer on the bench, making him repeatedly warm up, then not even use him as a sub, is just staggeringly disrespectful to United’s top scorer last season.’

Ronaldo scored 24 goals last term – Fernandes was the next highest in the United squad with 10.

However, he has fallen out of favour since ten Hag arrived in the summer, and has started just twice in the league this season.

The 37-year-old netted the 700th club goal of his career earlier this month against Everton, but that was a rare bright moment in a disappointing campaign for the Portuguese star so far.

Ten Hag has opted to put his trust in younger players in recent weeks, playing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and summer signing Antony ahead of Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has tended to come off the bench in the second half of matches, but ten Hag’s decision to completely overlook him on Wednesday was not a one-off as he did the same in the Manchester derby at the start of the month.

On that occasion, the Dutchman explained himself by saying he didn’t want to bring Ronaldo on during United’s humbling 6-3 defeat against their local rivals ‘out of respect for his big career’.

Morgan hit out at ten Hag’s treatment of Ronaldo in the aftermath of that game as well.

‘Imagine benching @Cristiano for Utd’s biggest game of the season, then using 5 other subs as they’re hammered into oblivion, & then claiming you did it ‘out of respect’ for him?’ he posted on Twitter.

‘Ten Hag is an arrogant deluded twerp & the way he’s treating Ronaldo is disgraceful.’

Ten Hag refused to react to Ronaldo’s behaviour after his side’s win against Tottenham, but has vowed to deal with the matter on Thursday.


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