Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has not been interested in revisiting the Cristiano Ronaldo drama after the striker completed his move to Al Nasr.
The 37-year-old left United in November after both parties agreed to terminate his contract following the public breakup of their relationship at the end of last season.
Ronaldo did not go to United’s pre-season tour for personal reasons, and this situation was accompanied by widespread reports that the great Portuguese footballer wants to leave.
When Ronaldo eventually showed up for pre-season training, he and several teammates left Old Trafford before the end of the friendly against Rayo Vallecano, Ten Hag’s behavior that was called “unacceptable” by all involved.
Ronaldo was then completely left out of the squad for an October match against Chelsea after he refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham, but the final straw came a few weeks later when he took part in a wonderful interview with Piers Morgan. taking first place. the opportunity to publicly criticize the club and Ten Hag.
Unsurprisingly, this led to the termination of his contract and on Friday Ronaldo finally signed a two and a half year contract with Saudi Al-Nasr, but Ten Hag simply refused to talk about his former player after Saturday’s victory over Wolves with score 1:0. .
“I’m not talking about the past, let’s talk about the future,” Ten Hag told reporters.
“Today we made a good step. For the first time we got into the top four, but this does not mean anything, because we are still far from that.
“We have to live from game to game, to be able to win something.”
Ronaldo may have been the first to draw Ten Hag’s ire at United this season, although he certainly wasn’t the last.
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Marcus Rashford found himself on the bench ahead of a trip to Molineux after missing the start of a team meeting due to oversleeping.
The England striker came on in the second half and scored United’s winning goal, with the narrative ultimately capturing both Ten Hag and Rashford quite well, the former for his decisive lead and the latter for his response.
United defender Luke Shaw was keen to applaud the manager’s commitment to discipline, suggesting it was a departure from some of his predecessors.
“This is how it should be at such a top club,” he told BT Sport. “I think people can’t do whatever they want and maybe that was part of the problem in the past when people got away with stupid little things.
“The manager takes it all into account. As you saw today, if you don’t maintain high standards, you won’t play.”
United’s victory ensured they would finish 2022 fourth in the Premier League, just two points behind Newcastle United after moving up above Tottenham.