Cristiano Ronaldo declined to be a substitute during this week's victory over Tottenham, according to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
After the excellent 2-0 victory over Spurs at Old Trafford on Wednesday, the early departure of the 37-year-old Portuguese great dominated the post-game discussion.
Before the final horn blew, Ronaldo began to make a fast exit from Old Trafford.
Following his outburst, United stated on Thursday that the forward had been left off the roster for Saturday's game against Chelsea.
When asked at his pre-game press conference if Ronaldo had declined to replace him against Spurs, Ten Hag responded, "Yes."
The attacker also left Old Trafford early for the preseason friendly against Rayo Vallecano in July, prompting Ten Hag to stress the value of players sticking around to encourage their teammates.