Former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has called Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s explanation for not bringing on Cristiano Ronaldo against Manchester City “embarrassing.”
Ronaldo was an unused substitute in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and Ten Hag claimed after the game that he did not bring on Ronaldo “out of respect” for the career he has had.
Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Fred, Casemiro and Luke Shaw came off the bench for the Red Devils against Manchester City and Kenny has now claimed Ten Hag disrespected them judging by his comments.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Ten Hag’s reasoning for not bringing on Ronaldo, Kenny said:
“To come out and say he did not bring him off the bench as a sign of respect… What a load of rubbish that is.
“What does that say about the other players that you do bring on? Are you not bothered about them? What a comment that was. I could not believe it when I heard it.
“By that logic, you are disrespecting the other players you brought on when it was 4-0. What a thing to come out of his mouth. Embarrassing.”