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Jamie Carragher lashes out at ‘laughing’ criticism of Erik ten Hag after United defeat at City

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Jamie Carragher lashes out at ‘laughable’ criticism of Erik ten Hag after Man United boss snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo during Manchester derby mauling… as expert emphasizes Marcus Rashford was ‘the better option’

  • Erik ten Hag was criticized for not playing Cristiano Ronaldo in derby defeat
  • The Portuguese was an undisclosed replacement when Manchester United were defeated
  • Roy Keane accused Ten Hag of ‘disrespect’ towards the player by not using him
  • Graeme Souness said the player should be starting for the club right now
  • Jamie Carragher hit back at his colleagues who called the criticism ‘laughable’

Jamie Carragher has criticized Erik ten Hag’s non-use of Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘laughable’.

Ronaldo, 37, was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, leading some pundits to criticize Ten Hag’s decision not to introduce the player.

When asked why he didn’t play Ronaldo, Ten Hag told reporters after the game that it was “out of respect for his great career” that he was not introduced at halftime or after.

Cristiano Ronaldo was an unused replacement when Manchester United lost 6-3 to Manchester City

This sparked wild criticism from former Sky Sports player Roy Keane, who accused the Dutchman of showing a disrespect to Ronaldo for his refusal to use him outside of European competition.

Keane said: “I think Man United show no respect for Ronaldo. I think he should have been released before the [closing] from the window.

“Okay, you’re the manager, you need options, but you’re not holding Ronaldo to sit on the bench. He is one of the best players ever.

Roy Keane criticized Erik ten Hag for showing 'disrespect' towards the player by not playing him

Roy Keane criticized Erik ten Hag for showing ‘disrespect’ towards the player by not playing him

“He’s played it in one or two European matches. It just gets uglier as the season goes on.’

Meanwhile, Graeme Souness told talkSPORT on Monday morning that he would have played Ronaldo at City instead of Marcus Rashford because ‘time is not your friend’ in football and the manager needs results now.

“Time is not your friend in football, you have to win games today,” he said.

“It’s not about waiting for Marcus Rashford to become the player most people think he can be. It’s not about giving [Anthony] Martial has a place in the team above Ronaldo because of his age. It’s about today in football. Yes, I would have [played] Ronaldo.

City raged about United, but Jamie Carragher called criticism of Ten Hag 'laughable'

City raged about United, but Jamie Carragher called criticism of Ten Hag ‘laughable’

“Marcus Rashford, when he first came on the team as a young player, you thought ‘he’s the real deal’. He has stopped. If you had asked me today, next week, big game – for all his shortcomings, Ronaldo, I would have played him for Rashford.”

However, Carragher disagreed with his Sky Sports colleagues.

The former Liverpool and England defender wrote on Twitter that the idea that Ten Hag “got it (his team selection) wrong” by not playing Ronaldo at City was “laughable”.

“The idea that Erik ten Hag was wrong yesterday by not playing Ronaldo is laughable!” He wrote.

Graeme Souness said time is not your friend in the game and Ten Hag shouldn't wait to get the best out of stars like Marcus Rashford.

Graeme Souness said time is not your friend in the game and Ten Hag shouldn’t wait to get the best out of stars like Marcus Rashford.

“Ronaldo was playing at Brentford when it was 4-0 at halftime. It’s not a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo, but Rashford’s pace on the counterattack as we saw vs. Arsenal [and] Liverpool was the best option.’

In the derby, United had won their previous four games after their shameful loss to Brentford at the start of the season.

As Carragher pointed out, Rashford scored three goals in victories over Liverpool and Arsenal, rewarding Ten Hag’s confidence in him over the Portuguese superstar.

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