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What happened the last time a player refused to come on for Erik ten Hag

What happened the last time a player refused to come on for Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banished from the first-team by Erik ten Hag after refusing to come on against Tottenham.

Erik ten Hag has a history of coming down hard on a player who refuses to come on as a substitute.

As confirmed in an official statement from the club, the Dutchman has banished Cristiano Ronaldo from the Manchester United first-team after his behaviour on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo was on the bench for the 2-0 win over Spurs but overshadowed the victory when he was seen walking down the tunnel prior to the final whistle.

It then emerged he had left the stadium completely as opposed to heading to the dressing room - something he did in a pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano in July.

Ten Hag said he would "deal with" in his post-match interview but it was then reported that Ronaldo actually refused to enter the fray.

As a result, he will not be part of the first-team for the trip to Chelsea this weekend and is expected to train with the club's Under 21's side.

But it could get much worse for Ronaldo if Ten Hag adopts an approach took in the past. In the 2017/18 season, Amin Younes refused to come on for Ajax against Heerenveen.

The fixture was a 4-1 win for Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena but Younes, formerly of Borussia Monchengladbach, did not want to come on for the last few minutes.

A furious Ten Hag made the call to exile Younes from the first-team and he was sent to Jong Ajax, the Amsterdam club's second team.

“We still have six games to play and I only want players who are 100% motivated," Ten Hag said, as per Football Oranje.

"A lot has happened with and around Amin during this season, that will undoubtedly play a role.

"But he does not give us the feeling that his attention is completely with Ajax. Marc and I informed him today that he is training the remaining weeks of this season with Jong Ajax.”

Younes did not play again for Ajax and he already had a deal signed to join Napoli, where he played 27 times across two seasons.

The 29-year-old then spent two years on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq.

He's now back in the Netherlands having been loaned out to Utrecht.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, issued a statement on the situation on Thursday night but one that did not include an apology.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

"Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my teammates and be ready for everything in any given game," Ronaldo wrote on his social media channels.

"Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was."

Having wanted out in the summer, it would be a huge surprise to see him remain at United beyond the January transfer window.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/bade_UTD

Topics: Ajax, Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo