Ten Hag to bench Ronaldo for Man Utd Prem kickoff; Martial suffers injury blow

Ten Hag to bench Ronaldo for Man Utd Prem kickoff; Martial suffers injury blow

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has decided to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for their Premier League opener against Brighton.

The Sun says Ronaldo made his United return against Spanish outfit Rayo Vallecano - playing just 45 minutes before departing the ground ahead of the full-time whistle.

Therefore, Erik ten Hag has decided that Ronaldo will start United's opening game of the Premier League season against Brighton on the bench.

The Dutch manager is set to reward Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford with a place in the starting XI after impressing during their pre-season campaign.

However, ten Hag is sweating over the fitness of Martial just four days out from their Premier League opener against Brighton on Sunday.

The Frenchman picked up an injury in United's 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in pre-season, leaving the pitch after an hour holding his hamstring.