Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of first players Erik ten Hag talks to, says Roy Keane

Cristiano Ronaldo led by example for Manchester United as the Red Devils beat Brentford 3-0 at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo’s 24th goal of the season helped United on their way, with the striker putting in a fully committed performance from start to finish.

The Portuguese star’s first season back at the club hasn’t been great from a team perspective, but he can be happy with his own contribution.

Former teammate Roy Keane believes Ronaldo will be the first player new manager Erik ten Hag will speak to.

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Keane spoke to Sky Sports, commenting: “You would have thought so, if he is going to get the lads onside.

“He’s a senior player, huge player, he’d be one of the first you’d speak to.”

Ronaldo has already been praised by new boss Erik ten Hag, who previously told Dutch Soccer Site: “He’s so talented but he constantly demands the best out of himself. That is the difference.”

Ronaldo appears to want to stay at Old Trafford, and with one year left on his contract, any interested clubs will find it difficult to afford his wages.

Keane added: “Manchester United have bigger problems than Cristiano Ronaldo. I just think with the goals that he has got, his performances, warrants staying at the club. But Manchester United have to get players around him, they have to get other strikers in, there has to be competition for places.”

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Ten Hag can reassure him he has a big role to play over the year ahead. Last week Gary Neville urged Ten Hag to use Ronaldo as a ‘bridge’ to longer term success at the club.

One thing Ronaldo certainly has not done this season is give up. The start of this year began slowly for him, with a goal drought, and he has bounced back in fierce form, scoring nine of United’s last 12 goals.

Of course we have to make an obligatory reference to Ronaldo’s age, 37, which should not be glossed over. He’s still doing the business, and it is natural Erik ten Hag will seek him out as a top priority.

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