‘We don’t need such distractions’: Peter Schmeichel is ‘disappointed’ that Cristiano Ronaldo is storming through the tunnel for full-time and insists Man United’s viscous star should be on the same page as Erik ten Hag
- Former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is ‘disappointed in Cristiano Ronaldo’
- Schmeichel said Ronaldo created negative ‘heads’ with his behavior
- Ronaldo stormed through the tunnel after being an unused sub against Spurs
- This isn’t the first time Ronaldo, 37, has stormed off the field since his return
- Erik ten Hag said he is ‘handling the problem in training rather than after the game’
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has said he is “disappointed in Cristiano Ronaldo” for creating negative “headlines” with his bad behavior on Wednesday night.
The 37-year-old attacker burst into the tunnel before the final whistle was sounded during United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Schmeichel said Ronaldo’s actions have created an unwanted ‘distraction’ and insisted he should be on the same page as manager Erik ten Hag and the rest of the United roster.
Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has said he is ‘disappointed in Cristiano Ronaldo’
Ronaldo stormed through the tunnel after being an unused substitute against Tottenham
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Schmeichel said: “It’s the first time I can say I’m disappointed in him. Normally I support him, I understand his situation.
‘We are in transition. Manchester United are now five managers down from Alex Ferguson,” he added.
“We now have Erik ten Hag who has very clear ideas about the way he wants to play football. We need everyone’s understanding and time.’
Ronaldo has been kicked out of the team this season after failing to secure an exit
Schmeichel ended by saying, “We don’t need such a distraction, and that’s a disappointment, I’d say.”
The men of Ten Hag booked an impressive victory over the Spurs at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes.
However, their win was quickly overshadowed by more theatricality from the Portuguese outcast as he made his way to the locker room for the final whistle.
Ronaldo was frustrated at being an unused substitute during the Premier League class at Old Trafford and made his feelings known.
This isn’t the first time Ronaldo has stormed off the field since his return to Old Trafford
Last season he was heavily criticized for knocking a fan’s phone out of their hands
This is not the first time Ronaldo has stormed through the tunnel. He left the field immediately after the whistle was blown during United’s draw against Chelsea in November.
He also shot through the tunnel after Man United’s game against Everton in October. He was seen muttering to himself and looked visibly angry as he stormed off.
Ronaldo came under further fire for knocking a supporter’s phone out of his hands as he vented his frustration on the walk back to the dressing room.
Erik ten Hag said he will ‘handle the problem in training’ rather than on the night of the match
Ten Hag was furious about Ronaldo’s decision to enter the tunnel before the final whistle from the tunnel on Wednesday evening. However, the United boss said he would “deal with” Ronaldo in training.
Immediately after the game he said: ‘I have seen him, but I have not spoken to him. I’ll work on that tomorrow, not today. We celebrate this victory.
‘I’m not paying attention today. I’ll deal with it tomorrow. I want to keep the focus on the team and a great performance from all 11 players and the substitutes. It was a team performance.’