Cristiano Ronaldo axed from Man Utd squad for Chelsea clash after Spurs antics
Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped from Manchester United’s squad to face Chelsea this weekend.
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The Portugal striker, 37, left Old Trafford before the end of Wednesday’s Premier League win over Tottenham.
Ronaldo looked glum on the sidelines despite United’s dominance and left the bench and walked down the tunnel in the 89th minute.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner briefly returned to the dressing room but had left the ground by the time his team-mates returned to celebrate an impressive victory.
Speaking after United’s 2-0 win, Erik ten Hag confirmed he had not seen or spoken to Ronaldo but promised to ‘deal with’ the situation on Thursday.
A statement from Manchester United read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United squad for this Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea.
‘The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that fixture.’
Following a sensational return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021, Ronaldo largely impressed last season, scoring 24 goals in 38 games in all competitions.
But he has started just two of United’s ten Premier League matches so far this season and also showed his displeasure at being subbed off during Sunday’s goalless draw with Newcastle.
Ronaldo is yet to speak out after his questionable behaviour during Manchester United’s clash with Spurs but wanted to leave last summer and will renew his efforts to secure a new club in January.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker has been widely condemned for leaving Old Trafford early, with United legend Peter Schmeichel admitting ‘it is the first time I can say I’m disappointed with him’.
‘Normally I back him,’ Schmeichel said on BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘But we don’t need distractions like this. It’s a disappointment, I would say.’
Meanwhile, it has been widely reported that Ronaldo disobeyed Ten Hag and refused to come on as a late substitute against Spurs.
Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to face a Chelsea side who are just one point above them, sitting fourth in the Premier League.
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