Erik ten Hag says Cristiano Ronaldo will fit his style and is confident he will return fully fit
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will fit his style and has a part to play in his squad next season.
Ronaldo is not on United’s pre-season tour amid claims via BBC Sport that he wants to leave the Red Devils.
United’s official stance over Ronaldo’s absence from pre-season tour read: “He has been granted additional time off to deal with a family issue.”
Ten Hag told The Guardian: “The same status as last week in Bangkok [he has not]. No change.”
Ten Hag says Cristiano Ronaldo will fit his style
Ten Hag is optimistic Ronaldo will return, and will not be worse off for missing pre-season, because he trusts him as a top professional. The forward posted a message from the gym last week.
The Dutchman is also confident Ronaldo can play his pressing game and fit his style.
Ten Hag explained: “He is training. We all know Ronaldo is a top professional and will be fit, that is the last concern I have.
”Cristiano is capable of doing that. In his career he has shown everything.
“I have set my demand. We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad.”
The one aspect of Ronaldo’s stay away which Ten Hag may not have considered, or is not talking about, is how Manchester United’s players will respond to him if he does return.
Ronaldo has to show them he is ‘all in’ and really wants to be there. For United to be an effective team, they all need to be pulling in the same direction, together.
Keeping a half-interested, frustrated, begrudging Ronaldo could upset team spirit, just at a time where United appear to be beginning to cast away a lot of the hurt of last season.