Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training on Tuesday after being banished from the Manchester United squad last week.
The ex-Real Madrid striker was slapped with a three-day suspension and fined £1 million following his rogue behaviour exhibited during a Tottenham fixture at Old TraffordLast week, Cristiano Ronaldo trudged down the tunnel after refusing to come on as a substitute in the game’s dying minutes when Man United was leading 2-0 against Hotspurs.
Following this incident, Ronaldo was dropped during Man United’s encounter with Chelsea, and coach Erik Ten Hag slammed the ex-Juventus star for his unsanctioned gesture.
“We set certain standards. That is for any player. He has to live, as anyone else, along certain standards and the standards we set this season. “When I got appointed, I talked to the directors about the culture, top sport culture, standards, and that’s why they appointed me.
“They did some background checks, and we had talks about how I lead, what my personality is, how I do it in a strategic way and about my standards and leadership. That’s what it’s about.
He added: “To get a top sports culture and to set the highest standards, we have to live by them. That’s what we do at the moment. It’s about the club. I have to take decisions in the interests of the club and the team especially; that’s my job. “The expectations of Manchester United are really high.
The ambitions are high. Our fans, all of our stakeholders, expect results, so you have to act to certain standards and work every day on that,” said Ten Hag.
However, it seems like the two, Ronaldo and Erik Ten Hag, have buried last week’s hatchet after they were spotted at training together, dishing smiles.
Reports suggest that coach Erik Ten Hag could field Ronaldo during Thursday’s Europa League tie at home against Sheriff Tiraspol..