Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he understood Cristiano Ronaldo‘s disappointed reaction to being subbed against Newcastle United.

The 37-year-old was replaced by Marcus Rashford with twenty minutes remaining of Sunday’s goalless draw at Old Trafford.

Making his first Premier League start since mid-August, United’s number seven was far from happy when he saw his name appear on the subs board.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was seen muttering to himself as he trudged towards Ten Hag and Rashford.

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Rashford missed a glorious chance to clinch the three points deep into injury time, but his header from Casemiro’s cross went wide.

Given his unwavering self-belief and confidence, Ronaldo would have no doubt felt he would have buried the chance if he remained on the pitch.

Erik ten Hag understood Cristiano Ronaldo reaction

Since taking the reins at Old Trafford, Ten Hag has become accustomed to his press conferences being dominated by questions surrounding our legendary number seven.

Whether it be about Ronaldo’s future, happiness or role within the team, Ten Hag has handled the constant questions in exemplary fashion while making it abundantly clear that he’s the boss regardless of Ronaldo’s standing in the game.

Ten Hag was asked to comment on Ronaldo’s reaction to being brought off in his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

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The 52-year-old said: “I think no player is happy when he [is taken] off, and especially not Ronaldo, I understand that.

“As long as it is [done] in a quite a normal way, [I have] no problem with that. He is, of course, convinced that he should stay on and he should score a goal. That is why he is that good.”

Ronaldo will be hoping to start back-to-back Premier League games for the first time under the former Ajax manager when Spurs come to the Theatre of Dreams.

Seven months ago, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick which ensured United beat Antonio Conte’s side in a five-goal thriller.

But with Rashford possibly being fit enough to start against the north Londoners, Ten Hag will no doubt be tempted to start United’s number ten over Portugal’s captain.

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