Former Manchester United defender, Wes Brown, has given some major reasons why forward Cristiano Ronaldo found it difficult to adjust since the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the Red Devils’ new manager.
Ronaldo re-joined Manchester United in 2021 and signed a two-year contract with the Premier League giants.
The Portugal captain ended the 2021-22 season as Man United’s leading goalscorer.
Despite his prowess, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a torrid time under Ten Hag and hardly got any game time under the Dutchman.
His contract with Man United was terminated by mutual consent last November after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
However, Brown believes that Ronaldo had a hard time under Ten Hag because the former Ajax coach wanted to build a team for the future where the Al-Nassr star would not have fit in.
According to him, Ten Hag kept changing the rules at Old Trafford, which was difficult for Ronaldo.
“When you look at it, you are half thinking what is going on, you know? I mean Ronaldo, I can. I can understand it a little bit. You know, he has been world-class for 15 years. He was top scorer last season, you know he would’ve been looking to play more games, but the manager was looking to change it a little bit obviously,” Brown told Hindustan Times.
“Going forward in the future, Ronaldo wouldn’t have been a big part of that because of his age and football moves all the time. But disappointed in the sense that you know it, it could not work. They could’ve both helped each other with games he played or whether it is if he came on a sub.
“Just disappointed, really and how it all ended and the interview. Ronaldo will always be remembered as a legend in Man United, but obviously, in the last three months, it was difficult for both sides and you know Erik ten Hag is changing the way he works at Man United. He is changing the rules, he is bringing some stability back and it was difficult. It is a difficult time in Ronaldo’s career, it just has to be now and you know, he is strict.”