He played the first 45 minutes of Sunday’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano but was the only player to be substituted off by manager Erik ten Hag at halftime.
The reported early exit comes amid uncertainty over his Old Trafford future with Ronaldo wanting out of the club as United have no Champions League football this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to leave Manchester United ‘s friendly with Rayo Vallecano early
Ronaldo wants out of the club as United have no Champions League football this season
The forward received a rapturous reception from United fans in attendance but he looked glum as he briskly made his way to his car, according to The Times.
Ten Hag did not address the matter after the game as the club had already decided prior that the Dutchman would not hold a post-match press conference and he was not quizzed on Ronaldo’s reported early exit in his only post-match interview with the club’s in-house TV station, MUTV.
The report adds that the club declined to comment when asked if Ronaldo had permission to leave the stadium before the end of the match.
The Portuguese international was the only player to be hauled off at half time by Erik ten Hag
A United fan on Twitter had posted two pictures of Ronaldo outside the stadium, claiming the Portugal star left before the final whistle in the game.
‘The king is gone’ the fan wrote with a crying emoji next to it. Another meanwhile said: ‘Probably the last time we’ll see him in ot [Old Trafford] which is a shame to say.’
But not all United fans responded to the picture with sadness.
‘The disrespect this man shows, not even [Paul] Pogba was this disrespectful,’ said one United supporter.
Another wrote: ‘Can’t stress how bad of a look this is by Cristiano, both in terms of professionalism but also as an example to the youngsters who all played today. Don’t care who you are. Bin.’
Another simply added: ‘Embarrassing’, while others looked at the situation more cynically, with one stating: ‘Keeping himself match fit for potential new club!!’
Other users were far from impressed too, with one posting: ‘Unacceptable Behaviour if we’re being honest,’ while another described Ronaldo as a ‘classless professional’.
Ironically, despite the fact Ronaldo is pushing to leave, United shared a video on their Twitter before the match of him entering the stadium captioned: ‘Cristiano – arriving at Old Trafford’.
He was then named in the starting XI to face the Spanish side, but showed his rustiness by blazing a shot into the stands after trying to find the top corner with a close-range strike.
And after his uneventful return to the fold, he was replaced by Amad Diallo at half-time at Old Trafford.
The youngster went on to have an instant impact in the second half, scoring three minutes after the break, only for Alvaro Garcia to equalise for the visitors in the 1-1 stalemate.
Ronaldo blazed a shot into the stands after trying to find the top corner with a close-range strike
Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford before the final whistle has now seen further wrath directed in his direction. He however then took to social media to insist he was ‘happy to be back.’
It follows a week in which both sides dug in – with Ronaldo reiterating his desire to leave United in pursuit of Champions League football and the club once again insisting he wouldn’t be sold.
Ronaldo swept back into the club’s Carrington training ground accompanied by his agent Jorge Mendes earlier in the week.
He met with the new United boss for a debrief of their pre-season trip and with the club’s hierarchy over his future, in which neither side’s position budged.
And after his uneventful return to the fold, he was replaced by Amad Diallo at half-time
It remains to be seen what part Ronaldo will play at home to Brighton next Sunday
The player’s issue is that one-by-one all potential suitors have ruled out taking on the burden of his £360,000-a-week wages, even if Ronaldo has suggested he will take a pay cut.
Atletico Madrid were the latest to turn him down following a backlash from fans towards a player who remains a legend across the city at the Bernabeu.
On Wednesday, Ronaldo trained away from the main group as he looks to build up his sharpness and he watched the behind-closed-doors friendly against Wrexham.
It remains to be seen what part Ronaldo will play in United’s Premier League season opener at home to Brighton next Sunday.