Erik ten Hag has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo might keep at Manchester United past the expiry of his contract with the membership and that the Portuguese is able to becoming into his high-pressing fashion.
Hypothesis has swirled round Ronaldo’s future because it was revealed he had made clear his want to depart to these inside Outdated Trafford. The 37-year-old has one 12 months remaining on his deal and, having not joined United’s pre-season tour of the far east and Australia as a result of of private causes, it was anticipated he can be granted a departure from the membership he rejoined lower than a 12 months in the past earlier than the beginning of the following marketing campaign.
Nevertheless, Ten Hag has made it clear since turning into United supervisor that Ronaldo is a component of his plans for the 2022-23 season and went additional in an interview earlier than United’s recreation in opposition to Crystal Palace on the Melbourne Cricket Floor on Tuesday by suggesting the participant could stay in situ past then, too.
“I’m properly knowledgeable – he additionally has an possibility [for a further season],” the Dutchman mentioned. “Sure, [Ronaldo could stay beyond this season]. After all I even have signed right here for 3 years however in soccer it’s brief time period as properly. We now have to win from the beginning. So I don’t look that far forward.”
Ten Hag has nonetheless not spoken with Ronaldo however made clear he stays relaxed concerning the state of affairs, as properly as with the participant’s lack of preparation for the brand new season. “Everyone knows Ronaldo is a prime skilled and might be match, that’s the final concern I even have,” he insisted.
The supervisor additionally feels certain Ronaldo may be the spearhead of his assault regardless of statistics from final season referring to urgent, sprinting and work fee suggesting the veteran is a dangerous match for the best way Ten Hag had Ajax taking part in and can little doubt need to duplicate at Outdated Trafford. “Cristiano is able to doing that [pressing from the front]. In his profession he has proven every little thing,” Ten Hag mentioned. “We wish to play in a sure approach. A prime participant can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute prime participant in our squad.”
Considerably contradicting himself, nonetheless, Ten Hag additionally recommended that incorporating Ronaldo into his crew will inevitably imply compromising his rules. “The gamers dictate the best way you play. Particularly gamers who rating targets as a result of they’re extraordinarily vital for a crew,” the 52-year-old mentioned. “You assemble your crew round them.”