Roy Keane has got it totally wrong over Erik ten Hag and Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo parted ways this week by mutual consent.

There was no realistic way for Ronaldo to remain at Old Trafford after his controversial interview, in which he complained about multiple facets of life at United.

Erik ten Hag has earned widespread respect from the way he has dealt with Ronaldo’s situation.

Former star Roy Keane is not so impressed. He was quoted by Eurosport criticising manager Erik ten Hag.

Keane said: “I don’t think it’s been great management. I think it’s been a difficult situation but I don’t think the manager comes out of it well.

“People always praise the manager saying ‘you’ve put a marker down’. Part of management is looking after the top players.”

“You do have to treat top world-class players differently. This idea that you treat everyone the same… you don’t.”

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Keane has got it totally wrong

Roy Keane is wrong that he does not consider Erik ten Hag has come out of this situation well. The manager’s hand has been strengthened by the whole saga.

Ten Hag has been firm with Ronaldo, and his decision not to mete out any special treatment will actually go a long way to earning the respect of his players – and this is what the manager will care about the most.

United’s players now recognise there is no room to step out of line. It was important for him to make this clear early into his managerial reign.

But rather than adopt a sledgehammer approach like Jose Mourinho may have done, Ten Hag has dealt with the whole situation deftly, showing he is in total control.

He has shown immense patience in press conferences to deal with the constant Ronaldo questions from the media.

Roy Keane may have a little vested interest himself, aside from the fact Ronaldo is his former teammate. Back in 2005, Keane was turfed out of the club in similar circumstances.

Keane’s MUTV interview castigating his young teammates led to Sir Alex Ferguson running out of patience, cutting him no slack, and pushing through a termination of his contract.

Ten Hag’s actions can be compared to Ferguson, and for United fans that’s huge. The club have been looking for the right manager to replace the legendary Scot ever since he retired in 2013.

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