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Man Utd boss Ten Hag explains leaving Ronaldo on bench for Man City thrashing

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was tightlipped on leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for their 6-3 thrashing at Manchester City.

The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar was named among the substitutes for Man United's trip to the Etihad Stadium, but he did not feature as the hosts ran out 6-3 winners.

Man City went 4-0 up in the first half with two goals each from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland. Both added an additional goal in the second half to secure their hat-tricks.

After the match, ten Hag told reporters that Ronaldo remained unused "out of respect for his big career", but did not elaborate further.

"And the other thing was the advantage I could bring Martial, he needs the minutes but I don't want to point it out like that," the 52-year-old Dutchman added.



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