Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped by Manchester United for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, the club have confirmed.
Erik ten Hag will not consider the Portuguese superstar for selection this weekend as punishment for his Old Trafford walkout on Wednesday.
A statement from United said, “Cristiano will not be part of the United squad for this Saturday’s game against Chelsea. The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that fixture.”
Manchester United won their midweek home match against Tottenham. However, it ended on a sour note as Ronaldo was caught leaving the pitch before the full-time whistle; having remained an unused substitute for the duration of the contest. It was later revealed he had left the stadium altogether.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo broke his silence about the incident against Tottenham on Thursday, with a statement on social media.
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He said, “As I’ve always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches. That hasn’t changed. I haven’t changed.
“I’m the same person and the same professional that I’ve been for the last 20 years playing elite football; and respect has always played a very important role in my decision-making process.
Ronaldo’s future at the club is in doubt, and he is also expected to receive a fine of approximately £720,000.
He was one of the club’s all-time finest players and made a triumphant return to United in August 2021 for his second stint.
Ronaldo had pressed for a transfer away in the summer and, after failing to get one, has had a tense relationship with Ten Hag ever since. He scored 24 goals last season.