#sports activities MATT BARLOW: It’s looking like the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Old Trafford
MATT BARLOW: It’s looking like farewell for Cristiano Ronaldo after he was relegated to the bench AGAIN in Man United’s win over Southampton… the feeling that this may very well be end for him at Old Trafford will not go away
- Cristiano Ronaldo began on the bench for Manchester United’s win on Saturday
- The 37-year-old made a quick look of their 1-0 victory at Southampton
- Erik ten Hag has insisted that he needs the United talisman to stay at the membership
- Ronaldo had little impression and it feels like issues may very well be coming to the end
One yr after his wonderful return to Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo lingered earlier than the jubilant away end at St Mary’s with only a trace of farewell.
He had graced the pitch for lower than half an hour, despatched on as a second-half substitute to interchange Jadon Sancho as Erik ten Hag rolled by his adjustments to guard a slender lead.
There was one glimpse of objective for Ronaldo, a quick probability when the ball dropped at his toes in the penalty space, shortly closed down by a sliding deal with from Moussa Djenepo.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared as a second-half substitute in Man United’s win over Southampton
And an try to slide clear on the counter-attack was foiled when Ronaldo was outpaced by the restoration run of Mohammed Salisu, 14 years his junior.
There was an damage scare, which required therapy quickly after a careless problem on Kyle Walker-Peters, who additionally dared to outrun Ronaldo as he tidied up at the again for Southampton.
Overall, there was little optimistic impression from one of the best footballers of the fashionable period, which solely added to the feeling that he could be on his manner out of Old Trafford.
‘We plan with him,’ insisted Ten Hag, when requested if this could be the final time we see Ronaldo in a Manchester United shirt.
‘So, we wish him to remain. That is what we wish.’
Pushed on whether or not that meant he wouldn’t be allowed to go away, the United boss solely added: ‘I hope so.’
On BT Sport, Paul Scholes made the case for retaining his former team-mate.
The 37-year-old has made clear his want to go away United to play Champions League soccer
‘I assumed watching the sport at present that they wanted Cristiano, he could be that point of interest that they wanted centrally,’ mentioned Scholes. ‘He’s 37 years outdated now. He is not going to be operating away from folks.
‘He is excellent holding the ball up and getting on the end of crosses, so I hope he does not go. If he does go, they will want a centre ahead.’
Still, doubts stay. It was a stressed summer season with Ronaldo granted permission to report late for pre-season coaching amid a whirl of tales about agent Jorge Mendes providing his providers to different golf equipment.
Ten Hag, in the meantime, is reshaping this staff, and praised Marcus Rashford for threatening the area behind Southampton’s again 4, to comply with a formidable show in the identical centre ahead position towards Liverpool on Monday.
‘He was fairly efficient,’ mentioned the United boss. ‘He understood he needs to be a goal at occasions. He was the one who creates the conditions. He was concerned and he performed an necessary position in the first quarter-hour after half-time.
‘That is what I anticipated when there’s a lot of stress on the ball — that there’s a striker that we will play over and he did rather well.’
Erik ten Hag insists he’s planning to maintain Ronaldo however issues may nonetheless change subsequent week
Rashford’s run created the area for Bruno Fernandes to attain the solely objective of the sport, early in the second half, from a cross by Diogo Dalot. Fernandes ran to have a good time with substitutes Ronaldo and new £70million signing Casemiro as they warmed up.
Fernandes is commonly simpler in the absence of Ronaldo and has responded to the duty of being captain.
‘This offers him an impulse, the captaincy,’ mentioned Ten Hag. ‘We noticed it on Monday, the place he performed an amazing sport, particularly the bodily half, creating possibilities.
‘Today he introduced the identical on the pitch and the end was actually unbelievable. I’d additionally point out it was a staff objective.’
Casemiro got here on to make his debut in the eightieth minute.
‘It was fairly good for him to see the Premier League, it is a completely different fashion,’ added Ten Hag. ‘He now has a pre-season. He has performed 90 minutes one time. We must combine him into the staff and for a manner of taking part in along with his team-mates.’
Whether this can embrace Ronaldo, his outdated pal from Real Madrid, stays to be seen.