Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United’s treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese star an unused substitute in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.
Despite being doubtful coming into the game, Marcus Rashford was brought to start the match, with Anthony Martial, who has also had injury issues, scoring two goals from the bench.
It has been a frustrating season for the five-time Ballon D’or winner, who has only started one Premier League game this season, the 4-0 defeat to Brentford.
The 37-year-old was subject to speculation about his future, with Ronaldo linked to a number of clubs that are playing in the Champions League this season.
During Eric Ten Hag’s time at Manchester United so far it’s clear he wants strikers who are quick and press high up the pitch. At the age of 37, that is not going to be one of Ronaldo’s strengths.
Having scored over 800 goals in his career and won five Champions League titles, there’s no doubt he will go down as one of the greatest players of all time. However, as of right now, he does not fit into Ten Hag’s system.
Speaking on Sky Sports after today’s game, Roy Keane heavily criticised Man United for their treatment of Ronaldo, claiming they should have sold him during the summer.
Roy Keane Stick Up For Ronaldo
"𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙍𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙙𝙤!" 😤
Roy Keane believes Man United should have let Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club in the summer. pic.twitter.com/Zgs4vlItPG
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“You don’t hold on to Ronaldo to sit on the bench. He’s one of the greatest players ever.
"He had options, this idea that he had no options is rubbish. He did have options, four or five very good options to keep him.
"Generally speaking in the bigger picture, he’s not going to play Ronaldo, we know that, he’s played him in one or two European games.
"It’s just going to get uglier as the season goes on. If he’s sitting on the bench for Man United week in week out, it’s not good.”