Premier League News: Ten Hag tells Manchester United stars not to make noise around Ronaldo as he prepares to take on Potter again

    Erik ten Hag has ordered Manchester United players to ignore the Cristiano Ronaldo saga and focus on beating Chelsea.

    The United manager was forced to make an appointment with Ronaldo on Thursday after the veteran striker showed a misguided side of his character in a game against Tottenham Hotspur the night before.

    By refusing to play as a substitute, according to Ten Hag, and leaving the stadium early, Ronaldo secured a day off.

    He was temporarily ejected from the first team by United’s Dutch boss, who made it clear he would not tolerate any subversive behavior from the superstar or any member of his squad.

    So Ronaldo will stay at home as United travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday disciplined and with more redemption.

    It inevitably became a hot topic at United’s pre-match press conference on Friday, with Ten Hag saying: “I understand there are questions about this, but at the same time it’s all about Chelsea. We have a big game ahead of us, so all my attention is focused on it.”

    He said he had applied for all United staff and players, adding: “We have to win this game and do our best. We need to prepare for this game and do our best.

    “I think when you play top football that’s part of the fact that sometimes there are rumors, there is noise and you don’t get distracted, you have to focus on work, which means you will perform tomorrow.”

    Ronaldo’s antics have diverted some attention from United’s superb 2-0 victory over Spurs, a game as polished as under Ten Hague, with outstanding Bruno Fernandez, Fred and Casemiro in midfield.

    Focusing on Ronaldo may not be as negative in the long run. Instead of the performance being followed by days of hype over a United resurrection, attention was focused elsewhere.

    The United players – those who were happy to face Tottenham – have quietly gone about their business and will look to repeat the high level they showed at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils have not lost a single of their last nine Premier League games against Chelsea (D6, L3) – only against Blackburn Rovers (12 games from 1992 to 1998) and Arsenal (19 games from 1995 to 2005) Chelsea have ever had a longer losing streak. in competition. However, United have only won two of their last 20 league games with Chelsea.

    But perhaps a factor complicating this game is that Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has already chalked up a league win over United this season.

    It came while Potter was in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion, who beat Ten Hag’s United 2-1 at Old Trafford on the first day.

    Since Chelsea hired him to replace Thomas Tuchel, Potter will enjoy the job again given his strong start to life at the Blues.

    According to Opta, he could become the second manager in history to beat United with two different teams in the same league, after Andy Aitken in 1908-09 with Middlesbrough and Leicester.

    Ten Hag was keen to downplay the Potter effect, saying, “We feel strong and look forward to tomorrow’s game. It’s a different game, a different team, he has different players.

    “We are further in this process. Of course I know more about him. For the first time, perhaps he knew more about me. Perhaps this is an advantage because he knew more about Manchester United in the first game.

    “Now I am longer in the UK, in the Premier League, so it will be a good fight tomorrow; but it’s not a fight between managers, it’s a fight between teams.”

    After a run of seven consecutive away defeats, United have won three of their last four away matches in the Premier League. Their last away win was a 2-1 win over Everton, where the decisive second goal, of course, was scored by Ronaldo.

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