Jamie Carragher responded via Twitter on Monday to the criticism surrounding a decision by Erik ten Hag. The Dutch practice master decided not to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo out of respect in Sundays game against Manchester City. This led him to criticism from the supporters, but Carragher disagrees.
“Its laughable that people think Ten Hag made the wrong choice by not letting Ronaldo play,” says the former Liverpool player and current Sky Sports analyst on his Twitter. “Ronaldo also played against Brentford when it was already 4-0 at halftime. Its not a sneer at Ronaldo, but Rashfords speed was just wiser on Sunday. Weve already seen that against Arsenal and Liverpool.
Ten Hag indicated after the game on Sunday that he did not let Ronaldo fill in, out of respect for the player. Manchester City waltzed over the fellow townsman and left no trace of the Dutchmans team. According to Ten Hag, he wanted to respect the great career of the Portuguese. In addition, Anthony Martial had just returned from an injury and the Frenchman needed a few minutes. That substitute ultimately scored two more times, making the final score 6-3.
The idea that ETH got it wrong yesterday by not playing Ronaldo is laughable! Ronaldo played at Brentford when it was 4-0 what it was!! Its not a dig at CR, but Rashfords pace on the counter attack as we saw v Arsenal/Liverpool was 💯 the best option.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 3, 2022