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Ten Hag speaks out on Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Old Trafford early

Manchester United face off with Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Erik ten Hag spoke to the press on Friday.

When speaking to the media, Ten Hag discussed a number of topics, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo left the United bench before full-time during the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Tottenham in midweek and is also understood to have left Old Trafford shortly after that.

As a result, the Portuguese has been banished from the first-team and was training with the under-21s on Friday.

When asked about Ronaldo on Friday, Ten Hag said: “What the talk – if you ask about that – is between Cristiano and me.

“The statement is also clear, I think. He remains an important player in the squad. I am the manager, I am responsible for the culture here and I have to set standards and values and I have to control them. In the team, we have values and standards and I have to control that.

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Manchester United head into the Chelsea match likely full of confidence.

The Red Devils put on one of their most complete displays in midweek when they beat Tottenham 2-0.

They have also already taken the scalps of Liverpool and Arsenal this season. And, when facing Chelsea previously, United are undefeated in the league since all the way back in 2017.

Should United win on Saturday, they will climb up to 4th in the Premier League.

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