On a big night for Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag, his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo and club captain Harry Maguire paid off as their high pace hit Liverpool for the first 30 minutes. A 2-1 victory with finishes consisting of Jadon Sancho in the 16th minute and Marcus Rashford in the 53rd earned United their first Premier League points this season.
Ronaldo was content to be a late substitute at Old Trafford but he was making waves even before kick-off, where he crushed Sky Sports cover but completely ignored Jamie Carragher.
The Portuguese superstar embraced former United team-mates Roy Keane and Gary Neville but deliberately snubbed Carragher, who laughed as he said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had completely cleared him.
Former Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has slammed Ronaldo for his unruly behavior, saying he would never like him as a player.
“Keane and Gary (Neville) also killed him on Sky Sports so I’m sure it’s not because of that. Someone who’s played football for so long and made so many appearances for Liverpool at least say hello to you out of respect Another reason why I will never like Cristiano Ronaldo and when football ends let’s see who he has around to be like this,” the ex-Liverpool star wrote.
Ronaldo’s appearance against Liverpool sparked fresh debate over his future, but Ten Hag insisted the forward still had a future at Manchester United.
“I think he can. In his whole career he’s done it under multiple managers, in multiple styles and systems. He’s always played so why can’t he do that? His age is not a problem,” Ten Hag said after the game against Liverpool. .
“We have a team and we have a way of playing, a style and a game plan. You look at what is the best approach to the game. Today was these players, Saturday could be different.”
When pressed on Ronaldo and Maguire’s future, Ten Hag added: “I don’t need to mention Harry Maguire and Ronaldo, they are amazing players and they will play a part in the future, short (term) too. .
“It’s always difficult (to put them aside) but I have decisions to make.”