Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag has issued a stern warning to Cristiano Ronaldo that his reputation can only be judged on his performance on the field of play.
Recall that the Portuguese international has been dropped from Ten Hag’s squad to face Chelsea on Saturday.
The 37-year-old spent Friday training alone with fitness coaches at Carrington.
Ten Hag will speak with Ronaldo before deciding whether he can rejoin the first team on Monday.
However, the Dutchman has said the player could face a harsh reaction from supporters when he makes his comeback if they feel he has disrespected the club.
“He has to be aware that you get justified [judged] by the moment and how you are acting today.
“In top sport, it is about today – it is not about age or reputation. When you have a top sport, you get justified and judged by the moment and how you act.
“That is normal. Everyone has to be aware of it and not just Cristiano. We have to be aware of it as a team, a manager and a club,” Ten Hag said at a news conference on Friday.
Style of play
A versatile attacker, Ronaldo is capable of playing on either wing as well as through the centre of the pitch, and, while ostensibly right-footed, is very strong with both feet Tactically, Ronaldo has undergone several evolutions throughout his career. While at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United, he was typically deployed as a traditional winger on the right side of midfield, where he regularly looked to deliver crosses into the penalty area.
In this position, he was able to use his pace and acceleration, agility and technical skills to take on opponents in one-on-one situations. Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks and feints, such as the step overs and so-called ‘chops’ that became his trademark; he has also been known to use the flip–flap.
Ronaldo controlling the ball on his chest during a 2010–11 La Liga game against Almería. At his peak, he was known for his exceptional speed and athleticism.