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Was Benni behind Ronaldo’s bench role?

South African coach Benni McCarthy has been blamed for Manchester United’s decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo in their 6-3 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Portuguese forward was not given game time in the derby as Erling Haaland stole the show with another hat-trick and Phil Foden also grabbed three to silence their rivals in the Premier League showdown.

Anthony Martial, who had recovered from injury, came from the bench too score two and add to Antony’s well-taken effort. McCarthy joined Man United in July after manager Erik ten Hag added to him to his backroom team as a first-team coach.

His role was to handle strikers, and Ronaldo’s absence against Man City has left a section of supporters on social media disappointed, with others blaming the former AmaZulu coach for the decision.

McCarthy benched Ronaldo

Benching Ronaldo was definitely Benni McCarthy’s idea. – @KBee_Kay

McCarthy on leave

I think Benni McCarthy is on leave. @MrKarabo_Legodi

Ronaldo not the problem

Manchester United fans and Erik ten Hag deserve this humbling, Not because Ronaldo should be starting no but because they’ve been disrespecting him non stop. People who think Ronaldo is the problem have no shame whatsoever. – @StonedBatxx

He’s an African

Tonight Benni McCarthy will be reminded that he’s an African…. Wait and see. – @Black_Mathanda.

McCarthy to blame

This is a direct result of Benni McCarthy and I’m sick of people denying it. – @Andertainment21

Being on Man City side

Benni McCarthy would have fancied being on the other side of Manchester today. – @lgmngomezulu

McCarthy defended

Benni McCarthy did his job today [Sunday] but the defensive coaches let him down. 😂😅 – @Arteezy13

Sack Ten Hag?

Sack him [Erik ten Hag] and he can take Steve McLaren and Benni McCarthy along with him. – @ghost_of_kicks

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