Patrice Evra believes Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag should have an ‘honest talk’ with Cristiano Ronaldo after his omission from the squad.
Ronaldo was banished to the bench following the Red Devils’ 4-0 loss at Brentford last month and has not featured in the Dutchman’s starting XI in the four league games since the setback in west London.
The Portuguese star was United’s top scorer last season with 18 Premier League goals after returning to the club from Juventus.
Ronaldo has mainly played on the bench but has started both of the club’s Europa League appearances so far, with his only goal this season against Moldovan side Sheriff last week.
Evra was Ronaldo’s teammate for three years at Old Trafford, winning all three Premier League titles together and the Champions League in 2008 and the Frenchman believes there needs to be more dialogue between Ronaldo and Ten Hag.
“With these big decisions, Ten Hag sent massive shockwaves,” Evra told Betfair. “Ronaldo has made several appearances from the bench since losing his starting spot, but United have remained unbeaten in the league without the veteran starting XI.
“Let’s be clear, putting Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench is a massive statement, because Cristiano Ronaldo will think it’s not fair, last year he scored around 18 goals, so in his head he’ll be thinking ‘why am I- I on the bench?’ He’s right, but you have a manager and you have to respect his decision.”
Ronaldo’s failed exit from Old Trafford this summer has left him in a struggle to regain his place with no departure possible until January at the earliest.
While Evra admits he understands the position of both player and manager in the current situation, the Frenchman still thinks United will have to call on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to help them in their quest for honours. this season.
“I understand Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration, but also Ten Hag was like ‘I’m going to start a new era, Ronaldo is still in my plan’, and I’m sure Cristiano Ronaldo is in his plan,” Evra said.
“Maybe United have to suffer at the moment and they will need other players, but you will always need Cristiano Ronaldo, believe me there will be a time when we say thank you Cristiano, please. please stay, I’m sure.
“I think Ten Hag and Ronaldo need to, if they haven’t already, have an honest discussion. Everything that’s happening right now makes sense.
United are hoping to have a fit and ready Ronaldo for what will be a busy fixture period ahead of November’s World Cup.
Ten Hag’s side have key games in the Premier League and Europa League and will need to use their full squad as the games roll on.
The first match for United is the Manchester derby with Man City at the Etihad on October 2.
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