Soccer News: Ten Hag has ‘no problem’ with Ronaldo, but still undecided on Tottenham inclusion

    Eric ten Hag didn’t mind Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to the substitution against Newcastle United but will not start with a striker when Manchester United host Tottenham.

    Ronaldo made his second Premier League start of the season in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with the Magpies, but was replaced by Marcus Rushford after missing two goals in the second half.

    The great Portuguese reacted angrily to his departure in the 72nd minute and, taking his place in the dugout, shook his head.

    However, speaking at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Spurs, Ten Hag said Ronaldo’s drive is critical to his success.

    “I think that no player is happy when he leaves, especially Ronaldo, I understand that,” Ten Hag said. “As long as it’s quite normal, I don’t have a problem with it.

    “Of course he’s convinced he has to stay and score a goal, that’s why he’s so good.”

    Ronaldo scored a hat-trick when United beat Tottenham 3-2 when the teams met at Old Trafford in March and scored more Premier League goals against Spurs (eight) than he did against any other team.

    However, Ten Hag said last season’s treble doesn’t mean Ronaldo will definitely start, adding: “I’m aware of that. [March’s hat-trick]and of course, when you compose a composition, you count on a few facts, but also on other facts that you take out of [your thinking]”.

    Ronaldo is likely to reappear in Ten Hag’s squad after Anthony Martial was ruled out of Wednesday’s match, although United could be strengthened by the return of Christian Eriksen.

    “Anthony Martial is unavailable. He returned to the field, but not to team training, ”Ten Hag added.

    “Christian Eriksen returned to team training today. We have to see how it works, how he recovers and whether he will have energy tomorrow. We must wait for this.”

    United have won each of their last three Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur, who last lost four straight games to the Red Devils between April 2009 and October 2010.

    Meanwhile, the Spurs have lost more Premier League games to the Red Devils than any other opponent (38), and head coach Antonio Conte has suffered three defeats in the same number of trips to United – to no club the Italian has lost more away games. in his career.

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