PIERS MORGAN branded Erik ten Hag an “arrogant, deluded jerk” after the Manchester United manager benched Cristiano Ronaldo against City.
An angry looking Ronaldo, 37, watched as his side were defeated 6-3 by their bitter rivals at the Etihad.
Asked after the game why he decided not to bring the Portuguese up front, Ten Hag claimed it was “out of respect for his great career”.
However, Sun columnist Piers doesn’t believe the explanation – and tweeted after the game: ‘Imagine benching @Cristiano for Utd’s biggest game of the season, then using 5 other subs while fading into oblivion, and then claim you did it ‘out of respect’ for him?
“Ten Hag is an arrogant deluded jerk and the way he’s treating Ronaldo is a disgrace.”
Expert Gary Neville responded to Piers’ tweet, replying: “I see what he means to be honest.
“To get him at 4-0 and 6-1 would have been an insult.
“ETH may not have delivered the line correctly and probably best not to have said it. (although I like his honesty)”
However, Piers had none of it and replied to Neville: “Oh cut it out.
Ronaldo has started just one Premier League game this season – the 4-0 win at Brentford in August.
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He has netted just once in all competitions, scoring a penalty against Moldova’s FC Sheriff in the Europa League.
After his team’s defeat, Ten Hag claimed his team didn’t believe in themselves enough.
He told the BBC: “It’s very simple, it’s a lack of faith. If you don’t believe on the pitch you can’t win games, that’s unacceptable.
“We get undisciplined when we follow rules and you get hammered, that’s what happened today.
All the credit goes to City, but it has nothing to do with City
Eric ten Hag
“For me it was a surprise. We weren’t up front, we weren’t brave on the ball and there was scope, but we weren’t brave enough.
“All the credit to City, but it has nothing to do with City, our performance has not been good. It has had to do with belief as individuals and as a team.
“From the first minute I felt it and by half-time we changed things and changed our attitude.
“We saw another Manchester United after half-time and we scored goals, we scored more.”
“We were braver on the ball, we got into the opposing half and scored three goals.
“At this moment, I can’t think of anything positive. We failed our fans, we failed ourselves and we are very disappointed.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6351407/piers-morgan-ten-hag-ronaldo/ ‘Arrogant, deluded git’ – Piers Morgan pokes fun at the ‘disgraceful’ Ten Hag for his treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo