Cristiano Ronaldo would have made a difference if he had featured in Manchester Derby?

Cristiano Ronaldo would have made a difference if he had featured in Manchester Derby?

With the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Erik Ten Hag men were once again humiliated at the Etihad Stadium during the Manchester Derby and trailed 4-0 at the halftime for the second time this season.Cristiano Ronaldo would have made a difference if he had featured in Manchester Derby?

For the Pep Guardiola team, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored a hat-trick. United got one back through Antony, and substitute Anthony Martial added a late brace to make the final score appear a little more acceptable.

Ronaldo was listed as one of the substitutes when Man United traveled to the Etihad Stadium, but was completely left out of the game and left on the sideline to watch his team suffer humiliation.

In the opinion of former Manchester United stars – Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand, Erik ten Hag disrespects Cristiano Ronaldo by often benching him, most notably during his team’s 6-3 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

For United this season, Ronaldo has only made three starts, two of which were in the Europa League.

Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand were not happy about this as they criticized Erik Ten Hag, the Manchester United Boss, for leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for the duration of the team’s humiliating loss to their City rivals.

They’d be sitting there going, ‘wow, I’m like the Rumbelows Cup player right now, the Carabao Cup player’. They could be playing midweek Europa game. That won’t sit well with them.” – Rio Ferdinand said.

However, in a post-game interview, the Manchester United coach – Erik Ten Hag made the shocking confession that he didn’t utilize Cristiano Ronaldo as a substitute during the Manchester derby “out of respect for his big career.”

I didn’t bring him on out of respect for his big career. And the other thing, there was then the advantage I could bring Antony Martial on. He needs the minutes but I don’t want to point it out like that.” – Ten Hag said.

So, the big question remains, would have Cristiano Ronaldo have made any impact if he had featured in the Manchester Derby?

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