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The gestures of Cristiano Ronaldo in the hard fall of Manchester United against City: the curious argument of the DT to explain why he did not put it

* The disappointment of the Portuguese in the bench of substitutes

Man Utd suffered a historic beating in the city classic: lost 6-3 against Pep Guardiola’s Citywho had a Erling Haland in a state of grace (he signed a hattrick, just like Phil Foden). In that context, Cristiano Ronaldo He lived an uncomfortable day, doubly painful: he did not play even a minute, so he suffered the sporting ordeal sitting on the substitute bench.

Consequently, the 37-year-old Portuguese, who had just suffered the elimination of his national team in the Nations League (instance in which he was heavily criticized in his country), was unable to make his contribution on the field of play to avoid the resounding drop of the Red Devils, or at least make it less bulky. In fact, the reaction of the public was lapidary: with the score 0-4, many fans left the stands and left the stadium at halftime.

Against this background, Ronaldo played the game of gestures. He was seen upset, holding his face and head down at the first cataract of goals against, imitating the Brazilian Casemirowho also went to the bench (entered in the 59th minute, when the match was 1-4).

And already at 70, when the orienteer Erik Ten Haag had already exhausted the modifications, the transmission showed him again biting his nails, tense, before the lapidary 1-5. The annoyance could be seen in every grimace, every movement, shifting on the bench.

Why, in a situation like this, did you not leave the substitute bench? Coach Ten Haag tried to explain it in a press conference. And his argument was also the target of criticism. “It was out of respect for his career”he stressed, alluding to not wanting to “burn it” in the face of an irreversible result.

The former Ajax was critical of his players: “It is quite simple: it is a lack of faith. When you don’t believe on the pitch, you can’t win games and that’s unacceptable.. We are undisciplined in following rules and rivals crush you. That happened today.”

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“We give all the credit to City, but our performance was not good. It had to do with faith as individuals and as a team. We let our fans down and we let ourselves down,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo continues to spend a season with little action after his attempt to emigrate to a team that will play the Champions League, an attitude that United did not like. So far in the 2022/2023 cycle he has barely played eight games (counting the Premier League and Europa League) and has scored just one goal, from a penalty. In addition, he was another six opportunities to the relief bench. Very little for a world-renowned figure like CR7, who at the end of the year will face Portugal in the last World Cup of his successful career.

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