Mon 25 September 2023 | 19:42

Erik ten Hag Under Fire for Handling Cristiano Ronaldo

Controversy Erupts as Manchester United's Treatment of Ronaldo Sparks Debate on Coaching Styles

Erik ten Hag has faced severe backlash for his treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo during his tenure at Manchester United, as Arturo Vidal commented, "bald guys are complicated." The Dutch coach took charge of the squad at Old Trafford in the summer of 2022, inheriting the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. Despite Ronaldo's impressive 24-goal performance in the previous season, he managed only three goals in 16 appearances by the World Cup break.

However, the situation took a dramatic turn as Ronaldo did not play another game for United after his contract was terminated in November 2022. This decision followed a contentious interview in which Ronaldo openly admitted to lacking respect for Ten Hag. The circumstances surrounding Ronaldo's departure sparked heated debates, and former Barcelona and Juventus star Arturo Vidal is among those who argue that the legendary footballer should have been handled with more care and respect.

Vidal expressed his views on his personal Twitch stream, criticizing Ten Hag's decision to bench Ronaldo, saying, "That coach came in badly. How are you going to take out Cristiano Ronaldo? That's how these guys are. He was the top scorer and he takes him out. These bald guys are very complicated."

Despite the controversy, Ronaldo's legendary status at Old Trafford remains intact, with memories of his first stint at United, where he scored 118 goals in 292 appearances and helped the club secure Premier League and Champions League titles. While his image among some Red Devils supporters may have been tarnished, Ten Hag has demonstrated a willingness to make tough decisions to maintain his authority throughout his time in English football.

source: SportMob

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