Cristiano Ronaldo is left head in hands in disbelief with Casemiro

Cristiano Ronaldo is left with his head in hands in disbelief alongside £70m signing Casemiro on the Man United bench, as they watch team-mates get torn apart by Manchester City

  • LIVE: Follow updates from Manchester United’s derby pasting by rivals City
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro both failed to make United’s starting line-up
  • Cameras cut to the United bench with Ronaldo looking on in utter disbelief 

They’ve been together for the big moments of two incredible, trophy-laden careers – but Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro were sat on the sidelines looking on in disbelief as their Manchester United team-mates fell to pieces.

The duo, who won the Champions League four times together at Real Madrid, were both benched for the trip to Manchester City as Erik ten Hag stuck by his team who have performed so well in the Premier League in the last month.

And their expressions summed up the feelings of many United fans as Erik ten Hag’s team were torn to pieces in a relentless first half from City.

Sky Sports’ cameras cut to the bench to show a dejected Ronaldo after City’s first and third goals – scored by Phil Foden and Erling Haaland – in a first-half show of strength from the Premier League champions.

Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo were sat on the bench for Sunday’s Manchester derby

Ronaldo placed his head in his hands as his team-mates capitulated to a Man City onslaught

Ronaldo has been frustrated at United this season. He sought a move away from the club in the summer – but could not find an appropriate suitor – and has since been largely on the bench during Ten Hag’s steady recovery from a shaky start to the season.

Casemiro, meanwhile, was a headline-grabbing £70million signing from Real Madrid but his role has also been bit-part with United in form, until their trip to the Etihad.

United were on the back foot from the start, struggling to hold possession before Foden’s two excellent goals were sandwiched by a Haaland double.

And while Ronaldo and Casemiro watched from the bench in horror, many United fans chose not to do the same – with hundreds leaving the stadium through the turnstiles before the half-time whistle had even gone.

Former United captain Roy Keane said at half-time, working as a pundit on Sky: ‘I’m shocked with how poor United have been, City have been excellent. You give Man City this time and space with their quality, it’s far too easy.

‘United are all over the place but it’s brilliant for City. Man United… Oh my God, it’s like the game is too big for them. The occasion has got to the United players. I almost can’t believe what I’m watching.’

Phil Foden and Erling Haaland were Man City’s goalscorers in a blistering first half display

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