Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said he did not lose any sleep over his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting XI for their match against Liverpool earlier this season.
Manchester United secured a 2-1 win over Liverpool in August 2022, registering their first win of the Premier League 22/23 campaign. The Red Devils had gone into the game on the back of defeats in their first two matches of the league campaign.
Against Liverpool, Erik ten Hag made the bold decision to drop both Cristiano Ronaldo and club captain Harry Maguire as he made four changes to the side that slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Brentford in their previous match.
Erik ten Hag’s decisions paid off as the Red Devils got the better of their fierce rivals to earn their first points of the Premier League 22/23 season.
Erik ten Hag discusses the decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from starting XI vs Liverpool in August 2022
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Speaking at a press conference ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool, Erik ten Hag said he did not lose any sleep over his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting XI for their match against the Reds earlier this season.
When asked if he spends a lot of time deciding before making the big decisions, Erik ten Hag said: “Yeah, I consider, definitely.
“I have to see and face the consequences of it, the impact of the decisions not only in the short-term but also for the longer-term. Of course, you don’t always have a lot of time, in that period I remember we had 10 days so I could consider which choice would be the best.
“But I think you always have to think strategic, what is the consequence in the longer-term. I am aware of it but that is my job and that is the responsibility I have to take.”
When asked if he was worried the decisions could have gone the wrong way, Erik ten Hag said: “I had reasons [to drop Ronaldo]. They were obvious. And I knew also the consequence and also if it was a negative outcome from that game. That is always possible in football.
“But I am not worrying. I sleep well also on those nights. I have to take decisions with respect in advance of the team and the club. That is my job and that is the responsibility I have to take and I have to stand for those decisions.”
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo parted ways with Manchester United in November last year by mutual consent. His contract was terminated by mutual agreement after he sat down for an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
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