Erik ten Hag has already talked up admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag is incoming to Manchester United and he has the challenge of having to work out what to do with the various players in the squad.

One special case is Cristiano Ronaldo, United’s number seven, the club’s top scorer this season with 21 goals and counting.

Ronaldo has another year left on his current contract and is expected to stay at Old Trafford for the first season of the Ten Hag era.

It is good news for Ronaldo then, that Erik ten Hag rates him extremely highly and views him as the perfect role model for players to aspire to.

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Ten Hag talked up Ronaldo

Ten Hag chose to speak about Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017 when giving a fascinating interview on his coaching philosophy to Dutch Soccer Site.

While manager of Utrecht at the time, Ten Hag said: “Take Cristiano Ronaldo. His heading capabilities, his jump, his timing, that takes 1000s of hours of training and practice.

“Like with his free kicks and kicking technique. He’s so talented but he constantly demands the best out of himself. That is the difference.”

Ronaldo has not stopped with his work rate off the pitch throughout his career, and this is one of the reasons he is still a top level player at the age of 37.

The Premier League is still the most intense in the world and even at his age, Ronaldo is among the top scorers, in a team which is far from being among the best.

Ronaldo is not slowing down either, scoring back to back hat-tricks in his last two home games, and he still has more to give.

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United are likely to sign another striker too, to ease pressure on Ronaldo, to replace outgoing forward Edinson Cavani.

The club have been left short by the Mason Greenwood situation too, while Anthony Martial has struggled out on loan and probably has little future at Old Trafford.

This is why it is key Ronaldo is a player Ten Hag admires, as even with the addition of a new striker, the incoming United manager will need him.

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