I can’t say Erik Ten Hag has handled the whole Ronaldo situation well – the decision by the club to keep him if the manager wasn’t going to play him was only going to end in tears – but I also understand, as a manager, he’s making his mark on the club now and has to take action.
They’re different situations, obviously, but you could compare it to Arteta with Aubameyang last season. He dealt with that well, stuck to his guns and now Arsenal are seeing the benefits.
With Ronaldo, after the summer, you knew every time he was left out of the team there’d be loads of questions, and if they lost games people will say he should be back in the team. No team needs that.
But take the Ronaldo situation out of the equation and Ten Hag is doing a really good job with a side that was struggling last year.
This circus takes away from the team doing really well.
There are always players complaining at every club. Anyone who’s not getting picked, especially if they’re high profile, there’ll be negative things said about the manager, but everyone else just gets on with it.
If you are playing you think he’s great!
Never Say Never
WELCOME TO PADDY POWER NEWS!
- Breaking: Ronaldo’s furious walk from Old Trafford reaches M6 Toll
- Pochettino retires from football management amid Aston Villa links
- Messi offers to accept Ballon d’Or as Benzema mysteriously disappears
- Celtic & Rangers accept invitation to play in Northern Premier League