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Erik ten Hag has branded Cristiano Ronaldo’s conduct ‘unacceptable’ after he left early during Manchester United’s friendly with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Ronaldo has missed the majority of United’s pre-season preparations due to family reasons and was absent the club’s tour of the Far East and Australia in order to remain in Portugal.

The 37-year-old returned to Manchester last week and began training with the squad, although he did not join them for their friendly against Atletico Madrid in Oslo on Saturday.

Instead, Ronaldo was given a 45-minute cameo against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford and was replaced at the break.

But instead of staying for the remainder of the game, Ronaldo was spotted leaving Old Trafford before the final whistle as he signed autographs for a handful of supporters.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford early before Manchester United's friendly with Rayo Vallecano had finished

Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford early before Manchester United’s friendly with Rayo Vallecano had finished

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When asked about Ronaldo’s decision to leave before the team’s post-match debrief, Ten Hag told Viaplay: ‘There were many more who went home.

‘I certainly don’t condone this. This is not acceptable. For everyone.

‘I tell them that it’s unacceptable. That we are a team, a squad. And that you should stay until the end.’

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