Cristiano Ronaldo shrugs at Erik ten Hag tactics talk before wantaway Man Utd star is hooked at half-time in friendly | The Sun
CRISTIANO RONALDO saw his Man Utd return end prematurely with a half-time substitution, before watching his replacement score just minutes later.
The 37-year-old was playing his first game of pre-season after taking extended leave amid reports he wants to leave the club.
For the game today Erik ten Hag took the opportunity to use the full depth of his squad by rotating heavily from yesterday's 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.
During a water break Ten Hag lectured the squad about the way he wanted them to play.
However, Ronaldo could be seen shrugging as the Dutchman laid out his tactical plan to the squad.
Ronaldo was subsequently subbed off at half-time.
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His replacement, Amad Diallo went on to score just two minutes after coming on off the bench.
For Ronaldo, getting 45 minutes under his belt is important ahead of the season opener against Brighton next week.
However, the likelihood of him starting the game, given his relative lack of match fitness and the pre-season form of Anthony Martial, is likely to be low.
Ronaldo was the club's top goalscorer last season with 24 goals.
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