Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson react to Manchester United getting hammered by Manchester City

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson cut glum figures as Manchester United were beaten 6-3 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Having won four Premier League games in a row, there was hope that Erik ten Hag’s side could prove stern opposition for the reigning champions.

But the former Ajax manager was once again left scratching his head as his side went into half-time trailing 4-0 at half-time.

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After showing signs of turning a corner following the humbling at Brentford, Manchester United were once again cut apart on the road.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson react to Manchester United getting hammered by Manchester City

Former Reds manager Sir Alex was in attendance and he was sat alongside former right hand man David Gill.

While the Scot was in the stands, one of Fergie’s greatest ever United signings was left on the bench and probably left wondering how he gets into Ten Hag’s side.

With Marcus Rashford deemed fit enough to start, Ronaldo dropped to the bench having started back-to-back Europa League games with the England international recovering from a muscle injury.

As well as United’s number ten marking his return to action, Anthony Martial also returned to the squad having not featured since an influential display against Liverpool in August.

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A telling sign of where Ronaldo perhaps stands under Ten Hag is that it was Martial not the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who entered the fray against Pep Guardiola’s side.

After failing to secure a summer move to a Champions League side, it seems that Ten Hag is looking to build his United side for the future, and at the age of 37, Ronaldo is not going to be at the club long-term.

It would have been a huge insult to bring on Ronaldo during the closing stages when United had been hammered by their local rivals.

For Sir Alex, he was in charge in 2011 when the Red Devils got beat 6-1 by City in our own backyard.

But it was a difficult afternoon’s watch for two Manchester United legends.

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