‘He’s had enough!’ – Roy Keane launches passionate defence of Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 23
Roy Keane defended his former Man Utd teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: Sky Sports)

Roy Keane has defended star after he refused to be subbed on against Tottenham last Wednesday.

Ronaldo disobeyed Erik ten Hag’s instructions during the 2-0 win at Old Trafford, and stormed down the tunnel and left the stadium before full-time.

The star forward was subsequently axed from United’s squad to face Chelsea on Saturday.

Keane, a former teammate of Ronaldo during his first spell at United, understood the decision to punish him but nonetheless defended the 37-year-old.

‘I try to see it from the player’s point of view,’ Keane told Sky Sports.

‘He’s obviously had enough. He’s lost his head and I think it’s been brewing over the last few weeks with Ronaldo.

‘But I will still try and defend him. He’s a human being, he’s got flaws. He probably feels frustrated that he’s not been getting opportunities and he’s had enough.

Ronaldo’s frustration at getting benched was clear for all to see (Photo: Getty)

‘He walked down the tunnel but I think other players have done a lot worse at Manchester United.’

Keane also took issue with those who praised the performance against Spurs as United’s best under Ten Hag, adding: ‘Everyone was saying after the Spurs game it was Manchester United’s best performance in years.

‘Absolute rubbish. Spurs were terrible. Ronaldo got a hat-trick when United best Spurs last season at home, so he’s more than capable of getting on the pitch and making a difference.

‘He has to take his punishment. Is there a way back for him? I’m not sure. I’d be more worried if he was laughing his head off on the bench for not caring. I think he cares.

‘This game is full of bluffers, he isn’t one. He wants to play. He needs to play, a world class player.

‘People say he’s not where he was 10 years ago – of course he’s not but he was the leading goalscorer for United last season in a really bad United team.’

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