Pundit reveals extra woe for Cristiano Ronaldo as back-seat function beckons at Man Utd once more


Alan Hutton is for certain that Cristiano Ronaldo will as soon as once more be overlooked of the Manchester United beginning XI in opposition to Southampton this coming Saturday.

The 37-year-old was benched for the Purple Devils’ spectacular win over Liverpool within the Monday Evening Soccer and solely got here on as an alternative within the remaining moments of the match at Outdated Trafford.

Having missed a lot of pre-season as a result of household issues, Ronaldo has solely began one sport for United – the 4-0 debacle at Brentford.

Erik ten Hag then opted to go along with a extra cellular frontline to press Liverpool’s defence at Outdated Trafford.

That ploy labored as United ultimately ran out 2-1 winners, with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford each on the right track.

There have since been rumours of a transfer to Marseille for Ronaldo, however they had been shortly put to mattress.

And when requested by Soccer Insider if he thinks Ronaldo shall be on the bench in opposition to Saints, Hutton mentioned: “I believe so.

“It’s exhausting to say, he’s one of many icons of the game. He’s been among the finest gamers for 10 plus years so to see him not enjoying is a bit unusual.

Ten Hag depth not good for Ronaldo

“The best way Erik ten Hag needs to play, the depth, closing down from the entrance, everyone working, working exhausting, it doesn’t fairly go well with Ronaldo and the place he’s at at this second in time in his profession.

“I believe he should take a again seat. After all he can come on, do his cameos, he’ll rating targets however I don’t see him, at this second in time, becoming into the best way Ten Hag needs to play his soccer.”

Ronaldo’s future continues to be up for debate, as United try to strengthen their ahead line.

Ajax attacker Antony stays Ten Hag’s prime goal, with a five-year deal mentioned to have been agreed.

Nonetheless, Actual Madrid’s Marco Asensio can also be on United’s radar, with a bid mentioned to be incoming to the Spanish giants.

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