Erik ten Hag hasn’t made same ‘sacrifice’ as Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd

Erik ten Hag has failed to make the same sacrifice that Sir Alex Ferguson made whilst he was in charge of Manchester United.

Accommodating Cristiano Ronaldo in his side has been something that the new Red Devils boss has not been willing to do. However, the 37-year-old has hit back at that policy by scoring the winner against Everton on Sunday.

When speaking to BT Sport, Paul Scholes – who played with Ronaldo in his first spell at Old Trafford – revealed how Sir Alex would find a way to get the Portuguese icon in his side no matter what.

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Scholes said: "You’d get onto him a little bit, even if he [Ronaldo] didn’t press he gives you something which is the hardest thing to do in football and that’s score goals that win you games of football.

"Wayne Rooney in our team he got pushed to the left because he wouldn’t run back in our team. He ended up centre forward and that’s the sacrifice you give to your teammates to try and win games."

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Ronaldo started on the bench for United but quickly made an appearance after Anthony Martial trudged off with an injury. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has had to make do with a spot on the sidelines this campaign.

However, the Portugal international scored his first Premier League goal of the season to give United the win. It took the Red Devils to fifth in the table – a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag spoke out about Martial's injury after the match, saying: "We have to wait. I can’t diagnose. I don’t think it's that big a problem. He had an assist for the first goal. I'm happy with that. It was a setback for the team but Ronaldo came in and made the winning goal, I'm happy with that."


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