“Yes, he refused to enter. I am the coach, I am responsible for the culture of the team, I have to set standards, values, goals and I have to put them into practice. It's the second time it's happened, it's unacceptable and there have to be consequences. That was what happened," said Erik Ten Hag.

Despite this, the Dutch coach considered that Ronaldo remains an “important player” for Manchester United and that he “will be missed” in the game.

“We will miss him. It's a shame, but it's important for the attitude and mentality of the group. Now we have to focus on Chelsea, which is the most important thing,” he said.

The Portuguese international left the Old Trafford pitch on Wednesday before the end of the match against Tottenham (2-0), and it is now known that he refused to be brought on in the match in the final moments.

For that reason, Manchester United removed Ronaldo from the game against Chelsea.