Graham Potter admitted that difficult decisions are part of the management after Erik ten Hag’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
Ten Hag forced Ronaldo to train away from the first team after the Portugal international descended into the tunnel at Old Trafford ahead of United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Ronaldo will not be in the squad for United’s trip to Chelsea on Saturday following his manager’s announcement after the Spurs game that he would “sort it out” with the player’s behaviour.
“I can’t comment because I don’t know all the ins and outs, but he took his stand, sometimes it has to be done. Then you need the support of the club. From the outside, that’s what happened,” Blues head coach Potter said at a press conference on Friday.
“It’s hard for me to comment… Part of the job is making some decisions that are difficult, but that’s okay.”
Since losing their first two games, including defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion on opening day, with Potter still in charge of the Seagulls, United have only lost once in eight Premier League games (6-3 in Manchester City), winning six of them. .
The victory over the Spurs was arguably the best performance the Red Devils have had under Ten Hag since he arrived at the end of last season, and Potter believes they will only get better.
“I think they succeeded,” he said. “Obviously they didn’t have a good start from their point of view, but they fought back and they are scoring and playing well, so it’s going to be a tough game.
“I think they have changed a bit in the way they are built. Longer balls, more straight, at the same time they are all the same quality, they have such as [Marcus] Rashford, Anthony [Jadon] Sancho, Bruno Fernandes plays a key role for them.
“It seems like they just adjusted to the competition, adjusted to each other, maybe learned more about each other. In fact, this is a normal process … I am sure that over time they will get better and better. ”
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Chelsea are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions since Potter took over from Thomas Tuchel (five wins) but recently suffered an injury due to news that N’Golo Kante was out for about four months, missing World Cup, and Reece James is facing a time trial to be in Qatar and will be out for the next few weeks.
“You have to at least accept the fact that they are people who want to participate in this kind of competition,” Potter added. “The reality is that I have nothing to say that will make them better.
“You just have to focus on the things you can control, focus on your day-to-day rehab, things get better, and then you just move forward.”