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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘ABANDONED his own team’ after refusing to play for Man United, says Troy Deeney

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘ABANDONED his own team’ after refusing to come back on in Manchester United’s win over Tottenham, claims Troy Deeney – who says the forward can have ‘lost the respect of the squad’

  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s refusal to play against Spurs continues to draw headlines 
  • The Man United outcast has been accused of ‘abandoning’ his team-mates 
  • Former Watford star Troy Deeney said he can have lost the squad’s respect 

Troy Deeney has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of ‘abandoning’ his Man United team-mates after refusal to come back on for Manchester United of their win against Tottenham this week.

Ronaldo found himself facing huge criticism after storming out of Old Trafford just before the ultimate whistle was blown on Wednesday night, with the team about to secure a formidable 2-0 victory over Antonio Conte’s men.

Nevertheless it was the Portugal captain who stole the highlight as he trudged off the pitch just before full time – with boss Erik ten Hag later revealing he had refused to be introduced in its place. 

Ronaldo is under fire for refusing to play for United

Troy Deeney (L) has accused Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of ‘abandoning’ his Man United team-mates

Pundits and fans have slammed Ronaldo for storming out of Old Trafford before United had sealed their 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday

Pundits and fans have slammed Ronaldo for storming out of Old Trafford before United had sealed their 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday

Deeney – who captain Watford and now plays for Birmingham – let rip at Ronaldo for his conduct and believes his team-mates can have now lost respect for him. 

Talking to The Sun, he said: ‘I don’t see a way back from that. 

‘From a player’s perspective, I don’t know what you expect anyone to say and even remotely respect you for. It’s mental.

‘Ronaldo can have lost the respect of all the squad and staff. You’ve abandoned your personal team. You’ve got essentially quit on them.

Deeney claimed Ronaldo's actions were 'mental' and essentially seal his exit from the club

Deeney claimed Ronaldo’s actions were ‘mental’ and essentially seal his exit from the club

‘It’s the worst thing you’ll be able to do, especially as a senior player.

‘He is essentially saying: “I’m higher than all of you”. He feels he must have been starting against Spurs so he didn’t have to come back on later in the sport.

‘Whether he actually thinks that, we don’t know, but you’ll be able to’t refuse to come back on after your manager has asked you to. It’ll be a very difficult one for the squad to take care of.’

Deeney feels his behaviour has spelled the top of his second spell at Man United and predicts that Ten Hag will now begin the strategy of phasing him out of the club 

‘Ultimately, that’s him done now at Manchester United under Ten Hag, and they’ll should look to maneuver him on in January.

He feels Ronaldo will have lost the respect of his team-mates having 'quit' on them

He feels Ronaldo can have lost the respect of his team-mates having ‘quit’ on them

‘They probably must have done it in August. Now, it’s a case of just getting him out the constructing, especially if he’s training away from the first-team squad.’

Ronaldo has been ignored of United’s squad to travel to Chelsea this weekend after Ten Hag vowed to ‘deal’ with him.

Deeney is not the only figure in football to blast Ronaldo. Micah Richards called him ‘unprofessional’, while Gabby Agbonlahor described him as a ‘spoilt brat’ and Dion Dublin said he would have grabbed him around the throat if he was his team-mate. 

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