Roy Keane and Micah Richards got into a fierce discussion because of Erik ten Hag‘s choice. The Manchester United manager deliberately did not let Cristiano Ronaldo fill in the Manchester Derby due to his “big career”.
United lost 6—3 to fellow Manchester City on Sunday. However, The Red Devils were first behind 4-0, so Ten Hag didn’t want to use Ronaldo out of respect. In the Sky Sports studio that for discussion. “Ronaldo did not return to Man United to sit on the bench in such games,” Keane begins. When former City defender Richards wonders whether a player like Ronaldo is suitable for duels like this, the discussion erupts.
“Oh, here we go,” Keane shouts, while Richards is still speaking. “They are still made,” continues the former United midfielder. “We are now talking about pressure. Ronaldo made it 20 or 25 last season, so I don‘t care if he walks along or not. Last season, he was the club’s top scorer and then he didn‘t put much pressure either. And don’t forget: United has already lost four times this season.”
Richards can‘t stop laughing while Keane’s explanation. “Football is more than just scoring. Last season, I would agree with you, but with what Ten Hag wants to set up now… You know Man City wants to dominate you, so Ten Hag probably thought: I‘ll choose players who can put a high intensity on the mat. And that did not work, I agree with you. But this is how United achieved results against Arsenal and Liverpool.”
Roy Keane & Micah Richards clash over Cristiano Ronaldo’s role at Manchester United! 👀🍿🗣️ “” 😠 pic.twitter.com/gziqht4ffr
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) October 2, 2022