Manchester United manager has revealed the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo was not in the starting XI in the loss to Brighton

Cristiano Ronaldo came on in the second half (Reuters)
Cristiano Ronaldo came on in the second half (Reuters)

The Manchester United takes its first steps in premier league with a heavy defeat against Brighton 2-1 at Old Trafford in front of his people. A match that raised many expectations due to various issues, including the arrival of new coach Erik Ten Hag and the present of the Portuguese star. Cristiano Ronaldo.

The first news from the previous meeting was that the Portuguese was not going to be part of the starting XI and was going to take place on the bench of the substitutes. During the first half, apart from showing what was happening on the pitch, the cameras also captured what was happening outside with the 37-year-old footballer.

Finally the former Real Madrid he came on at 53 minutes and the team improved in attack but it was not enough to reverse the result. After the final whistle, the Dutch coach explained the reason for his decision.

Cristiano Ronaldo came on at 53 minutes for Fred (Reuters)
Cristiano Ronaldo came on at 53 minutes for Fred (Reuters)

“Cristiano Ronaldo had ten days of training with the teamtoo little for 90 minutes, that’s why we didn’t start him,” the former Ajax manager said in the post-loss press conference, adding: “It takes time. time. You can’t force after a week of trainingA little over a week now.”

“He needs to get his fitness back and this game has helped him do that. The 35-40 minutes he played today, plus the week (of preparation) that we will have now. Next week it will be better,” said Ten Hag, who admitted at the same time as the arrival of the Portuguese, “in the second half we improved in the midfield, with Christian Eriksen further back and Ronaldo. upper”.

Regarding the loss, Ten Hag lamented: “We didn’t believe in ourselves and we made mistakes for which the rival punished us. We made ball mistakes and organizational mistakes in defence. We need to take lessons and learn lessons quickly. Brighton are a decent team, all my compliments, but I watch my team and we shouldn’t give up two easy goals.”

Ronaldo made his debut with a defeat in Manchester United's new season (Reuters)
Ronaldo made his debut with a defeat in Manchester United’s new season (Reuters)

The Dutch coach will have a difficult task ahead of him and he is convinced that he will be able to reverse the bad sporting situation that the institution is going through: “I already knew that it was not going to be easy to build something, to develop it. It takes time, I know that and I also know that in this job you don’t have the time, you have to be efficient. We are aware of the situation.

Finally, he spoke about the transfer market, which will close on August 31: “We could do better with the players we had in mind.” Recently, the interest of red devils by midfield azulgrane Frenkie De Jong and Frenchman Adrien Rabiot, now at Juventus.


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