Roy Keane thinks Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has handled the Cristiano Ronaldo situation badly.
The Premier League side announced on Tuesday evening that the 37-year-old has left by mutual consent following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticised the club and Ten Hag.
While some may think Ten Hag has done well to be tough with United’s biggest name, Keane disagrees.
The former United captain was discussing Ronaldo’s exit during his role as a television pundit at the World Cup and disagreed with what colleague Ian Wright had to say about the Old Trafford boss.
“We know one thing, the Dutch they look you in the eye, very straight talkers,” Wright said.
“I think he’s done well for Man United to turn the form around with everything that’s going on with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Get the team playing, obviously unfortunately for Cristiano Ronaldo, he doesn’t quite fit into it. He’s aired his views about it but I think it’s a good thing for the club, for him, for the fans, for it to move on.
“We’re getting into a situation once this World Cup is finished they’re back in the league and they just want to hit the ground running so I think it’s good for the whole club.”
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However, Keane said: “I don’t think it has been good management, I think it has been a difficult situation. People always praise the manager going ‘you’ve put a marker down’, part of management is looking after the top players.
“You do have to treat top, world class players differently, this idea that you treat everyone the same, you don’t.”
Wright, though, replied that big names players should fit into the manager’s system, but Keane was not having it, insisting Ronaldo was never in his boss’ plans.
“I go back to it, a guy that scores goals for fun, I don’t want to go down the road again talking about people pressing, the issue come the summer the manager was never going to play him,” he said.
“Whatever the system he’s going to play, high press, obviously Ronaldo was never going to do that. He didn’t come back to the club to do that, he came back because he’s a great player and he would score you goals, get on the end of things.
“So in the summer the manager when he came in, everyone knew he wasn’t going to be playing, so let him go in the summer before it all got really messy and that’s what happened.”
The duo did agree that such a decision is the best thing to do for both parties, with Wright believing United ‘are better without him’.
Ronaldo is now a free agent and will be looking for his next club in January, with former side Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea both being linked with a potential move.