Erik ten Hag Says He Will Deal With Cristiano Ronaldo's Early Exit Down The Tunnel Just Before The End Of United Game Against Spurs.

Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel at Old Trafford just before the final whistle as Manchester United defeated Tottenham 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Antonio Conte's side needed only a point to move above reigning champions Man City into second but they were outplayed for much of the game.

Second-half goals from Fred (47 mins), and Bruno Fernandes (69 mins) confirmed Man United's dominance as they were too good for Tottenham. This was surely the best performance by United since Erik ten Hag arrived at the club in the summer.

The result means Spurs stay third and United retain fifth spot ahead of Newcastle.

Ronaldo was once again an unused substitute after being made to warmup from the bench, while Anthony Elanga was brought on instead.

The Portuguese last start for the Red Devils in the Premier League came in the 4-0 hammering by Brentford. Since then he's largely watched from the bench as United beat tough opponents Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Having scored the winner against Everton in the Premier League, Ronaldo was selected to start against Newcastle at Old Trafford last Sunday due to the absence of Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford who had to make do with a place on the bench due to illness. 

However, Ronaldo was further taken off in the 72nd minute of the game having endured a miserable afternoon with two disallowed goals and a yellow card a decision he wasn't happy about with his side chasing a winner.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner could not inspire Erik ten Hag ’s men as they stumbled to a miserable 0-0 draw against the Magpies, which left members of the United squad and fans furious.

Ronaldo has been limited to Europa League appearances, a tournament he was trying to escape at the start of the season.

Man United manager, Erik Ten Hag gave his thoughts on the incident and he praised United's finest performance of the season in his post-match press conference.

"I'm pleased with the team, clear," Ten Hag said. "I think it was the best team performance so far this season, so you see today we are developing.

"You see in the last weeks the way we want to play, we want to get better every time on the pitch. Of course, it's not every day, but today against this Spurs, a really magnificent team so far this season, it's really difficult to play them.

"But I said to the lads in the dressing room it was really enjoyable it was to watch them. it was a performance with the subs who came on. A squad performance.

“This is the first time we dominated the opponent from beginning until the end. We are starting to play pro-active football, when we lose the ball, when we have the ball, I'm liking what I see."

Asked whether Ronaldo had spoke to him before walking down the tunnel before the completion of the match, United boss Ten Hag told Amazon Prime: "He was there, I have seen him, but I didn't speak with him."

In his post-match press conference, Ten Hag added: "I don't pay attention to that, I will deal with that tomorrow. I want to keep the focus on the team. it was a magnificent performance from all 11 players."

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