Cristiano Ronaldo posted a message to fans on Instagram after being dropped from Manchester United’s line-up in Mondayâ€™s 2-1 win over Liverpool.
Erik ten Hag made four statement changes from the side that slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Brentford, one of which saw Anthony Elanga come in for Ronaldo, with Marcus Rashford chosen to lead the line.
The 37-year-oldÂ watched on from the sidelines as Jadon Sancho and Rashford fired home prior to his introduction on 86 minutes. Ronaldoâ€™s future at Old Trafford remains unclear with just nine days until transfer deadline day.
He hasÂ vowed to explain allÂ about his seasonâ€™s plans in the next few weeks, althoughÂ his managerÂ told Sky Sports he â€œdoesnâ€™t know what he [Ronaldo] wants to achieve by doing this.â€
The playerâ€™s summer has been somewhat disruptive, making clear his desire to leaveÂ United before missing the clubâ€™s Thailand and Australia tour due to family reasons. It meant he played just 45 minutes in pre-season and was benched for the opening loss to Brighton.