Despite Manchester United's difficult week following the derby humiliation against City and despite Cristiano Ronaldo not getting a minute against their city rivals, Red Devils coach Erik ten Haag insisted the Portuguese is happy at Manchester United, despite fears the striker could leave in the January transfer window.
After emphasizing that he did not bring Ronaldo on as a substitute in the match against City to preserve his dignity, the Dutchman told reporters at a press conference today (Wednesday) ahead of the Europa League match against Omunia Nicosia on Thursday that Ronaldo is nervous when he is not playing.
"I don't see that he's not happy, he's happy, he's training well, he's having fun. Everyone's training well, there's a good spirit. He's not happy that he didn't play on Sunday, but that wasn't the question. The question was about his mood and he's happy. Of course he gets angry when he doesn't play."
Meanwhile, Ten Haah "thanked" City and Pep Guardiola for teaching his team a lesson in the derby.
United trailed 4-0 at half-time at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and ended up losing 6-3. "When you beat Arsenal and Liverpool it's nice, but now we got a reality check with Manchester City," said Ten Haag.
"We know we have to step it up. So thanks for the lesson Pep and City, we'll take it, we have to understand. When you're in the process you're going to have failures. We have to accept that, but we can't accept our performance, it was unacceptable on the mind".
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